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Sleep Apnea Treatment
St. Paul Dental Care & Sleep Apnea
Do you struggle with sleep apnea? Consider seeing a dentist.
Most people are don’t realize how dental hygiene can be a cause of sleep apnea symptoms like:
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Waking with a choking or gasping sensation
WebMD suggests a dentist visit: Struggling with snoring and sleeplessness? Call your dentist. Snoring and sleep disturbances are often signs of obstructive sleep apnea, and your oral health could be to blame.
It is true that we all need our “sleep.” The question is are you getting the sleep you need? Many people believe they are getting a good nights rest, but in reality you may be suffering from a sleeping disorder that may lead to a lowered quality of life.
What is sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that can have a severe effect on your health. Sleep apnea is the partial or complete collapse of the airway during sleep. It can occur several times during a night’s sleep and you don’t even realize what’s happening.
Proper treatment for sleep apnea can prevent or reverse its serious effects. It is important to recognize the symptoms and to talk with your physician or dentist if you believe you are at risk. Here are some other signs of sleep apnea:
- Hearing about loud and frequent snoring from your bed partner?
- Daytime drowsiness. Do you feel fatigued throughout the day? Do you fall asleep easily in the chair or after sitting a short period of time?
- High blood pressure?
Sleeping disorders can be very serious and at times life-threatening. There are treatment options available. Do you currently have a CPAP sleep apnea machine? If you do, there are devices you can use such as a sleep apnea mouthpiece. They keep the airway open by holding the jaw or tongue forward. If you have mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea, our doctors are trained in dental sleep medicine and can custom fit an oral appliance for you.
If you have questions or want more information, feel free to call our office to set up a complimentary consultation.