While many of us might not consider seeking out the advice of a dentist to achieve a better nights sleep, you should know that certain dentists are trained to provide solutions to those suffering from Sleep Apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
In simple terms Sleep Apnea is a chronic medical condition where the affected person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. These episodes last 10 seconds or more and cause oxygen levels in the blood to drop. It can be caused by obstruction of the upper airway, resulting in obstructive sleep apnea, or by a failure of the brain to initiate a breath, called central sleep apnea. It can cause and worsen other medical conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, and diabetes.
What are common symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
- Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
- Sleepiness while driving
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
How can a dentist help?
A dentist with specialized Sleep Apnea training is committed to your overall wellness, and works in conjunction with your medical doctor to determine the best course of treatment. Often, a person affected with this condition can benefit from the option of wearing a simple mouth appliance at rest that comfortably repositions the jaw and tongue to alleviate airway obstruction.
At Greenwich Dental Group, our team of Doctors are available to discuss your concerns and offer possible Sleep Apnea solutions that involve comfortable oral devices that keep the air way free of obstruction. Please feel free to schedule a complimentary Care to Share appointment.
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