Does your partner complain about your excessive snoring? Do you go through your day feeling groggy and fatigued? Everyone snores occasionally, but if you’re snoring all the time and losing sleep, you may be suffering from what's known as sleep disordered breathing, which can include sleep apnea.
Correcting your sleep apnea doesn’t mean you have to endure potentially painful surgery or use inconvenient equipment to breathe better. Now there is an easy and discreet way to help you sleep better! A simple dental device offered at Dr. Katie To Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can make you breathe easier at night, giving you the rest and energy you need during the day.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common form of the disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Patients with sleep apnea suffer from an obstructed airflow, which prevents sufficient oxygen from flowing through the mouth and nose. As a result of this restricted breathing, sleep is interrupted as the body forces the patient to awaken to start breathing again.
Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Restless sleep and severe daytime fatigue
- Pauses in breathing
- Irritability, personality change, or difficulty concentrating
The duration of each pause in breathing can be just a few seconds or it can last for a minute or more. These pauses can occur as little as 5 or as many as 30 times an hour. The consequence of this is disturbed sleep patterns and dangerous oxygen deprivation. It’s important to note that even though snoring is a common symptom, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
How Does a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
The most common traditional treatment for sleep apnea patients is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. However, many patients who are concerned that they suffer from sleep apnea are hesitant to seek help due to the incorrect belief that the only way to correct the symptoms of sleep apnea is through surgery or the use of a cumbersome CPAP mask.
But correcting these problems can often be accomplished easily at Dr. Katie To Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, without the need for such complicated steps. We can create a simple dental mouthpiece that allows the patient to breathe more easily so they can get a good night’s sleep.
These custom-made devices are:
Adjustable: We can adjust your mouthpiece as needed to maintain comfort and effectiveness.
Removable: Wear the mouthpiece while you sleep and take it out when you are awake.
Convenient: The mouthpiece is small, easy to insert and remove, and there are no machines or equipment required.
Non-surgical alternative: Using a mouthpiece requires no surgery or other alterations to your mouth.
Comfortable: Your custom-made mouthpiece will fit your mouth securely and easily so that you do not notice it while you are sleeping.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
When left untreated, sleep apnea also contributes to a variety of serious health complications:
- Heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks
- High blood pressure
- Increase in ADHD symptoms
Without the discomfort of the CPAP mask, a patient is more likely to continue treatment and reduce the risk of developing these and other serious health problems.
Call Today to Get the Relief You Need
Sleep apnea and its symptoms are upsetting and annoying for both sleep apnea patients and their partners. It can also be a scary experience when you suffer from loud snoring and wake yourself up multiple times a night because you're trying to catch your breath.
If you believe you’re experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, please call our Katy dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Katie To as soon as possible.