For millions of Americans, chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could mean restless nights and poor sleep. Unless addressed, lack of quality rest could mean serious problems during the day, and for our long-term overall health. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist explains how sleepless nights impact our days, and how to treat issues like OSA.
Common Symptoms of OSA
How do you know if you have a sleep issue? Chronic snoring is often a warning sign of OSA, a disorder in which we stop breathing as soft tissues in our throat and mouth collapse and cut off airflow. People with the disorder rarely remember waking up, even though this happens multiple times a night and interrupts the sleep cycle. During the day, moodiness is common, as is dry mouth, headaches, trouble staying focused, difficulty staying awake behind the wheel, and daytime fatigue are common warning signs.
Impacts Down the Road
Over time, lack of proper rest could actually strain your immune system., so you’re more likely to become sick. The issue could also place serious pressure on your cardiovascular health, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. If you encounter one or more of the warning signs we’ve looked in today’s blog, then please contact our team so we can identify the cause of your problems, and then recommend a treatment option to bring you a good night’s rest.
Assessments, Sleep Tests, and Treatment with Comfy Appliances
Everything starts with an assessment, in which we ask a series of questions to assess your ability to rest at night. We may also recommend a home test, in which a small device is connected to you as you sleep. The device measures and record issues breathing, blood pressure, and blood-oxygen levels, allowing us to make a diagnosis with accuracy. To treat the issue, we may take detailed impressions and images of your smile with digital technology. The completed device is worn like a mouthguard as you rest at night, and help reposition the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues and ensure open airways throughout the night. You avoid major symptoms, and protect your immune and cardiovascular system, as well as your overall quality of life. If you have any questions about treating OSA or about the risks to your health, then contact our team today.
Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville Wants to Help You Rest with Ease!
At Smith Family Dentistry, our team understands how good sleep improves overall quality of life. Don’t let a common disorder make a negative impact on your daily life. To learn more about how diagnose and treat OSA, then talk to Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516.