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By Legacy Dental Care
May 01, 2018
Category: Sleep Dentistry
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Don’t let poor sleep and exhausted days get the better of you.sleep apnea

Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? If so, it’s important that you find the best treatment option to suit your needs and to ensure that you get the quality sleep you deserve. If you have sleep apnea, you must know that those feelings of extreme exhaustion and fatigue are due to obstructions within the airways that occur throughout the night while you are asleep. Our Woodbridge, VA, dentist, Dr. Sowmya Punaji, is here to tell you more about sleep apnea, why it should be treated and how we could help.

What is sleep apnea?

The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which someone experiences bouts of shallow or paused breathing throughout the course of the evening. These pauses in breath can happen hundreds of times during the night, and when this happens it means that there isn’t enough oxygen getting to the brain.

Why should sleep apnea be treated?

As you might imagine, if your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen while you sleep then you’ll certainly feel the effects the next day. We certainly don’t have to tell someone living with sleep apnea this. They understand how challenging it can be to get out of bed in the morning because of intense and long-lasting fatigue. This exhaustion also lingers throughout the day.

Besides the extreme exhaustion, you’ll be fighting if you don’t treat your sleep apnea, you may also put yourself at an increased risk for these serious and chronic health issues:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma

Sleep apnea can also affect your concentration, work performance, mood, stress levels, and even increase your chances of injury or accident. Why suffer from the effects of sleep apnea when it can be managed quite easily?

How can a dentist help me?

Dr. Punaji probably wasn’t the first person to come to mind when you thought about seeing a medical professional to address your sleep apnea. Luckily, we could end up being a valuable treatment tool for you. While CPAP therapy tends to be the most common treatment option for sleep apnea it isn’t the only option.

In fact, if you are dealing with mild or even a moderate form of sleep apnea then you may not even need that awkward CPAP facemask after all. Instead, you could benefit from a simple device known as oral appliance therapy.

This custom-made dental appliance is placed over your upper and lower teeth (much like a mouthguard) and it works either by repositioning the jaws to open the airways or to suppress the tongue to prevent it from obstructing the airways while you sleep. It’s comfort, lightweight, easy to care for and it could eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms altogether.

If you want to find out if oral appliance therapy is the best approach for managing your sleep apnea symptoms and improving your quality of sleep then turn to the sleep apnea dental team at Legacy Dental Care in Woodbridge, VA.