What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
February 22, 2018
Sleep is essential for everyone's health and wellbeing but many people suffer from a lack of sleep. There are many reasons why someone may not be getting the recommended amount of sleep hours every night. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, an estimated 30 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Around 1 in 5 adults have mild symptoms of OSA, while 1 in 15 have moderate-to-severe. OSA can cause someone to stop breathing hundreds
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potential serious sleep disorder. OSA occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, either reducing or stopping the airflow.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Signs & Symptoms
Frequent loud snoring
Feeling tired during the day
Gasping for air at night
High blood pressure
Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
Frequent headaches in the morning
Difficulty concentrating throughout the day
Awakening dry mouth or sore throat
Feeling depressed, irritability or mood swings
It is important to get obstructive sleep apnea treated as it can lead to other serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure or a stroke. Dentists are trained to help treat sleep apnea and snoring problems. Dr. Boyse at Boyse Dentistry in Mesa can help diagnose and treat OSA. Treatments can include CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy and surgical options.
Oral Appliance Therapy is a very effective treatment option for OSA or snoring. It involves wearing a removable oral appliance in your mouth as you sleep. The Oral appliance is comfortable and fits like a retainer or mouth guard would fit.
If you are having trouble with snoring, gasping for air at night or feeling tired, make an appointment at our Mesa Dentist office, call us at 480-345-8597 or book an appointment online.