Sleep apnea is a common but not well-known disease that affects many, many Americans. Because it affects your sleep, it is hard to diagnose. If you are waking up still tired every day or you have been known to snore pretty regularly, you may want to be checked out. At Advanced Dental Associates, we offer the expertise necessary to help you manage your problem. Please contact our San Antonio, TX dental office for help.
Below are all of the important things you need to know about sleep apnea. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea or know someone who is at risk, this blog is for you!
Sleep apnea is a very serious affliction.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to cease breathing during sleep. It is caused by partially or completely blocked airways. The cessation of breath is also often accompanied by loud snoring — which may be the first indication that there is even a problem.
Many people think snoring is normal. And light, occasional snoring is. However, when snoring become loud, incessant, and/or is accompanied by the cessation of breath, there may be problem. You may also notice daytime fatigue, chest pains, or headaches. These are all signs that something is wrong. If you are experiencing symptoms like this, please contact our office for a full examination.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to all sorts of health problems.
Sleep apnea ultimately results in a lack of sleep for the sufferer — this put immense stress on the body. Sleep is the way your body recoup from daily activities — if you aren’t getting enough rest, you could be putting yourself at risk for a variety of problems.
Sleep apnea can be linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, obesity, and more. It can be even life-threatening. It is important that you seek help if you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea — untreated sleep apnea could make you feel like death due to fatigue, sure, but it could also literally kill you.
You can reduce your risk of sleep apnea.
While many cases of sleep apnea are hereditary, it is possible to reduce your risk for it regardless of your genetic susceptibility. First, avoiding obesity is key. Because overweight people tend to have larger neck circumferences, there is a greater chance their airways can become blocked. Sleep apnea can also be brought on by alcohol abuse or use before sleep. Alcohol affects the area of the brain that is responsible for breathing — by inhibiting this area, you can cause breathing problems during sleep.
Certain medications can also increase your chances of developing sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor about changing your medicine to reduce your risk — especially if you are already in a high-risk situation.
We can help you manage your snoring and sleep apnea.
Our dental team is specially trained to help you deal with this affliction. We can help you get in touch with a doctor to schedule a sleep study. This process will help you understand what exactly is going on when you sleep. After you are diagnosed, you can return to our office for treatment.
To help you manage your sleep apnea, we offer custom-made oral appliances. We will take impressions of your teeth and examine your situation to determine what type of device you need. Some of the appliances we prescribe are as small as a splint on your front few teeth — others are larger and fit more like a mouthguard. All are designed to adjust your jaw to allow for better airflow. Regardless of your needs, we can fit you with an appliance that will help you breathe easier and sleep better.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea or fear for your bed partner, please call us to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to assist you in getting diagnosed and then with treatment. Our office is located in San Antonio, TX. We can be reached at 210-819-5233. We would be happy to help.
Don’t let sleep apnea ruin your quality of sleep or your overall health any longer — call for an appointment today!