Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder which affects a person’s breathing while they’re asleep. Millions of people have sleep apnea and some don’t even know that they have the condition. Sleep apnea can leave a person feeling exhausted during the day due to the inability to sleep through the night and it can increase the likelihood of developing other health conditions. For this reason, we recommend patients with sleep apnea to come into our office for treatment.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects a person’s ability to breathe throughout the night. With patients who have the condition, their breathing will stop for regular periods of time because the airway is being blocked from the soft tissue in the back of the throat that collapses during sleep. This will result in the person waking up abruptly to regain control of their breathing. Along with causing severe exhaustion throughout the day, sleep apnea can also cause other medical issues that will essentially create a snowball effect involving the patient’s health.
What Dental Treatments are Available?
At Ramona Dental Group, we offer a dental-related option for your sleep apnea. By using a specially-made mouth piece, the throat is forced open throughout the night to improve your breathing. These guards look similar to the ones you might use when playing sports or to prevent grinding at night, however, they are designed to be larger in size to force the throat open in an effort to improve breathing quality.
Why is it important to seek treatment?
Some of the reasons it’s important to seek treatment for sleep apnea include:
- Improve your health
- Improve your sleep quality
- Prevent health-related side effects of sleep apnea
- Dental appliances offer an easier alternative to other sleep apnea treatments
Be sure to discuss your sleep apnea options with our dental staff as well as your primary care physician to ensure that dental appliances are the best course of action for your medical condition.
If you have sleep apnea, contact us today!