Our team offers sleep solutions to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), helping you enjoy a better night’s rest. However, treatment could also help improve your overall health too! In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist explain how improving your ability to rest without interruption also protects your immune system and cardiovascular system!
The Disorder and Common Symptoms
With OSA, our sleep cycles are interrupted multiple times each night as we stop breathing for brief periods. The cessation of breathing is a result of the soft tissues in the back of our mouth and in our throat becoming a little too relaxed, subsequently collapsing and blocking airflow. The brain wakes you, although you may not remember this occurring. People with the disorder may experience chronic snoring, waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for breath, headaches, dry mouth, trouble concentrating on tasks at work or school, moodiness, and daytime drowsiness. If you experience one or more of these warning signs, then please let us know.
As we mentioned above, the lack of proper rest could leave you feeling tired and exhausted, even if you assume you slept well the night before. This could make you moody and increase the risk of depression. You may also have trouble staying awake behind the wheel, or staying focused. Headaches and dry mouth are common too.
Did you know that the disorder could strain your immune system? These strains leave you vulnerable to more frequent illness, which impacts your quality of life in a negative way.
OSA also impacts your overall heart health too. For some, this could mean an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as heart attack and stroke.
Treating Your OSA
To address your OSA and prevent these complications, our team won’t rely on a CPAP machine, which is often irritating for patients. Instead, we will create an oral appliance that fits like a mouthguard as you sleep. The device is custom-fitted to help reposition the jaw and keep your airways free of obstruction, so you breathe without trouble and enjoy a better quality of life. You also safeguard your overall health against the issues we discussed above. If you have any questions bout how we diagnose and treat these disorders, or if you would like to schedule a visit for a consultation and assessment, then contact our team today.
Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville Wants to Treat Your OSA
At Smith Family Dentistry, our team knows how to offer care to help you rest much easier. To learn more about finally treating the factors behind your sleep issues, then talk to Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516.