Do You Need Treatment For Sleep Apnea?

We need our sleep to enjoy good quality of life. Without sleep, we’re irritable and can have trouble concentrating. However, for some obtaining good sleep is difficult due to a serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Do you need treatment for sleep apnea? What symptoms can indicate the presence of the disorder?

Try Our Quiz in Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  1. True or False: Many factors can lead to the sleep disorder.
  2. True or False: Snoring could be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: Without treatment, the risk of serious complications increases.
  4. True or False: We can often treat the disorder with a custom appliance.

Answer Key

  1. True. The apneic episodes occur when the soft tissues in the throat and mouth collapse, blocking airflow and causing the patient to stop breathing. The brain then wakes the patient after picking up on the lack of oxygen, preventing the patient from sleeping. Factors behind the disorder can include obesity, diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and neck circumference.
  2. True. Chronic snoring, as well as dry mouth, gasping during sleep, headaches, moodiness, and poor mental clarity are all common indicators of OSA. If one or more of these signs seems familiar, then contact your dentist today.
  3. True. Over time, untreated OSA can mean higher blood pressure, as well as a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.
  4. True. The oral appliance is worn during sleep and will feel similar to a night guard. The device actually repositions the jaw, moving it forward slightly to ensure airways remain open and breathing remains uninterrupted. If you have any questions about our treatment options, then contact our office today.

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