Have you heard of the sleeping disorder “obstructive sleep apnea?” If so, you might have heard different rumors, like snorers are the biggest culprits and that it only affects people that are overweight. Some of the rumors may be true, like how if you snore you could have the condition. However, even the most fit people could become victims of sleep apnea.
Learn more about the disorder and how to treat it with sleep dentistry in Arlington Heights in this week’s blog post.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway is blocked by the lower jaw or tongue relaxing too much. Patients that have sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing and interruptions throughout their normal sleeping schedule, causing real problems. Obstructive sleep apnea may cause you to experience symptoms like these:
- Morning headaches
- Mood swings and/or depression
- Decreased sex drive
- Inability to focus
- Slowed cognitive function
- Inability to use critical thinking skills
- Chronic dry mouth
- Snoring or choking sounds throughout the night
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
As mentioned above, you might have heard that those extra pounds could be causing your sleep apnea. However, this isn’t necessarily true. The sleeping disorder does exist amongst obese patients among many others for these reasons:
- Patients that are overweight may have excess blockage in the neck circumference, blocking the airway.
- There are some patients who are born with excessive tissue in the back of the throat that can cause severe cases of sleep apnea.
- Sleep apnea can occur in children from blockage from the tonsils.
- Alignment problems in your mouth could cause the jaw to fall incorrectly when you sleep, catalyzing obstructive sleep apnea.
How Can Your Dentist Help Patients with Sleep Apnea?
If you find that you may have a symptom or two of sleep apnea, or that you can identify with once of the causes of sleep apnea, it’s best to trust a professional with snoring treatment in Arlington Heights. Your dentist will have the expertise, resources, and tools to help you regulate healthy sleep once again.
Although the most popular form of sleep apnea treatment is the CPAP machine, which is an airway pressure machine that forces the airway open with continuous air flow, it can be very uncomfortable—even intolerable to many patients. That’s why your local dentist recommends oral appliances as effective snoring treatment.
Customized oral appliances allow your dentist to craft a mouthpiece that you can wear when you lay down for the night. Since it’s personalized to your mouth, the mouthpiece will fit perfectly to adjust your jaw upwards comfortably. This keeps the airway open while you sleep, eliminating your snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea.
Are you ready to explore treatment options with your local dentist? Give your sleep dentistry practice a call today!
About Our Office
Here at Sleep Better with Arlington Dental Associates, we work to provide patients one of the best things in life—great rest! You’ll feel much better once you recover regular sleeping patterns and allow your body the proper recovery it truly needs when you lay down for the night. Let us help you today!