And Treatment of Sleep Apnea
A good night of sleep is very important to our overall health and ability to function effectively throughout the day. Without regular, restful sleep, we perform less effectively, become irritable, and have trouble concentrating. Persistent sleeplessness also causes stress which can lead to a number of more serious ailments.
Snoring can cause sleep disruptions for both the snorer and his or her sleeping partner. Snoring is a sign of partially obstructed breathing during sleep, but it may also be a symptom of a more serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
OSA is an illness that causes the soft tissues at the back of the throat to completely block the airway during sleep which can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. When the body senses that the airway is blocked, the brain “awakens” and takes action to unblock it. It is this continual blocking and unblocking that causes disruptions to sleep.
Because of its impact on sleep, the brain and body, OSA may lead to an increased risk of: heart attack, stroke, depression, increased blood pressure, and death. OSA can also cause irritability, poor memory, and problems in relationships.
Signs of OSA include loud snoring, cessation of breathing during sleep, drowsiness during the day, and restless sleep.
How Our Office Can Help With OSA
Oral Appliance Therapy is one possible treatment for OSA. With this treatment, a small acrylic device, like a retainer, is worn at night. It opens the airway and improves breathing, allowing patients to sleep better.
Oral appliances come in several designs and will be customized to your situation.
We invite you to call us today to learn more about Oral Appliance Therapy as a possible solution.