Sleep Apnea: How Your Dentist Can Help
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes people to periodically stop breathing while they sleep. There are two main types: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea.
OSA is the most common form of this condition. In people with OSA, the soft tissue of the airway collapses, preventing oxygen from passing through and getting to the lungs. During central sleep apnea, the brain fails to send messages to the body to breathe during sleep.
Both types of this disorder disrupt sleep, causing the person to wake up feeling tired. When left untreated, they can have a major impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being, both in the short term and long term.
Why You Needs To Address This Condition
If you suspect you have OSA, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of developing several other health problems.
Sleep apnea can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, mood disorders, diabetes, strokes, obesity, and more. Additionally, chronic fatigue is not only frustrating to deal with on a daily basis, but makes you significantly more likely to have an accident, whether at work or while driving.
How Our Dental Office Can Help
If you think you have OSA, it’s important to see a professional health care provider as soon as possible. However, there are benefits to seeing a dentist in particular.
After being diagnosed, schedule an appointment at our Chester, VA dental office to learn more about the treatment options that are available for you. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we can see if an oral appliance will work for you.
Oral appliances can ease sleep apnea symptoms in many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. These unique dental sleep devices look like mouthguards and work by gently pushing your jaw forward. This slight adjustment prevents the soft tissue of your airway from collapsing while you sleep.
With regular wear, oral appliances can greatly reduce or eliminate the effects of OSA. But they’re not right or everyone. When you visit our office, we will conduct a full examination and discuss your needs to make sure an oral appliance is a suitable treatment for you. If so, we will create a customized oral appliance that will work for you.
Don’t Wait, Call Our Practice Today
Don’t wait until your symptoms get worse or lead to a more serious health problem. If you believe you have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed with the condition, call Dr. Felton’s office today to see how we can help. Our team of friendly and experienced dentists and hygienists will make sure you get the treatment you need to finally have relief from your symptoms. Call 804-392-0792 today or contact us online.