Our team offers a wide array of treatments, from preventive care to tooth replacement with lifelike dental implants. We also address issues a person may not think a dental office would, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you have trouble sleeping and feel exhausted during the day, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Fortunately, Dr. Brent Engelberg and our team can help address the problem. However, you need to be able to recognize the possible symptoms and understand the serious consequences obstructive sleep apnea poses to your overall health.
Warning Signs and Dangers of a Common Sleep Disorders
The disorder is called “obstructive sleep apnea” because obstruction (caused when the soft tissue in the throat and mouth collapse) leads to the cessation of breathing until the brain wakes the patient. Despite having no memory of being woken up, the cycle happens hundreds of times per night in some cases, leaving patients sleep deprived. Symptoms include:
- Chronic snoring
- Waking up by choking or gasping for air
- Daytime sleepiness
Without treatment, the disorder can potentially lead to a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
Common Factors Behind Sleep Apnea
Potential risk factors include obesity, diabetes, smoking, and being male (particularly males over the age of 55).
Possible Treatment Options
We can talk about potential treatment options, such as an oral appliance. Worn at night, the device looks similar to a night guard but the device actually moves the jaw forward keeping airways open. With breathing unobstructed, you can avoid future apneic episodes and obtain the deep rest you need to function properly in the day. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, then contact our office today.