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How the Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea

July 18, 2022 6:07 pm | Published by

Sleep apnea is a disruptive sleep condition anyone can struggle with. Thankfully, the dentist can offer affordable, minimally invasive treatment that helps you get the sleep you need! Here’s what to know:

Sleep Apnea Causes Many Symptoms

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. It causes the muscles at the back of your throat to relax and collapse more than normal. This blocks the airway. To breathe again, your body wakes up. The waking is so subtle you probably aren’t aware of how often you wake during the night. Frequent waking decreases the quality of your sleep and can lead to symptoms like chronic fatigue, loud snoring, headaches, dry mouth, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. If you worry you have sleep apnea, a sleep study can confirm the condition.

The Dentist Can Offer Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Many people with sleep apnea find relief with oral appliances. These are comfortable, custom mouthguards that keep your airway open while you sleep. They are more affordable, convenient, and easier to travel with than CPAP machines. Many people find oral appliances easier to adjust to, as well.

Untreated Sleep Apnea Is Serious

It’s common for sleep apnea to go unrecognized. This is risky because sleep apnea can lead to or worsen other health issues like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver problems. Being tired all the time also makes everyday activities like driving more dangerous. If you’re dealing with symptoms of sleep apnea, please talk to your doctor about doing a sleep study.

Treating Sleep Apnea at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry in Cedar Park, Texas

At our office, Dr. Kerr and Dr. Hedgecock work with Sleep Better Austin to create custom sleep apnea treatment plans. If you’re interested in treating your sleep apnea with an oral appliance or have questions about the other services we offer, please contact us today!

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