At Fair Lakes Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your oral health is our top priority. But did you know that your oral health can give clues to your overall health? One important condition that affects oral health as well as overall health is sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can create many health problems, but there are treatments available to help you get restful sleep again.
We offer oral appliances to efficiently and comfortably treat mild-to-moderate cases of sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The word “apnea” means a temporary cessation of breath. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you have OSA, your airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep, causing you to stop breathing hundreds of times nightly for a few seconds at a time to more than a minute.
This process of breathing obstruction, then breathing resumption — accompanied by snoring and snorting — is clearly stressful to your heart. This is considered a serious medical condition and can have many negative health consequences:
- Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
- Heartburn/acid reflux
- Morning headaches
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Fair Lakes Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can treat your sleep apnea by making a custom fitted oral appliance specifically for you. The appliance works by thrusting your lower jaw forward, which keeps your airway open and unobstructed while sleeping.
The appliance eliminates the need for other, more intrusive treatments, such as a C-PAP machine.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced, caring team. We look forward to working with you to correct your sleep issues. Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has the experience and skill necessary to provide outstanding treatment options for your sleep apnea.