Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds, multiple times while sleeping. Snoring is one of the primary symptoms of the condition, but things like waking with a dry mouth or sore throat, frequent morning headaches, and excessive daytime fatigue are all indications of sleep apnea as well.
It is estimated that around 18 million people in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of the condition, which is caused when airways are blocked by soft tissue or the tongue. Some studies have found that around 80% of people with OSA are undiagnosed, which places them at increased risk for serious or even fatal complications.
The Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Untreated sleep apnea may increase risks for:
- Heart attack and stroke
- Type 2 diabetes
- Memory and concentration problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexual dysfunction
When OSA remains untreated, risks for serious complications increase, making it important to discuss chronic snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms with a qualified medical practitioner. If you are diagnosed with the condition, we would be happy to discuss treatment options that can help to restore a full and restful night’s sleep while reducing the symptoms of this common disorder.
Treating Sleep Apnea
We offer a range of dental appliances to treat OSA. These non-invasive appliances are worn while sleeping and have proven very effective in reducing both the symptoms and risks of sleep apnea.
You can assist in the success of OSA treatment by choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle. Reduced alcohol consumption, refraining from tobacco use, and being sure to get plenty of cardiovascular exercise will all help to reduce the risks of sleep apnea. We can provide personalized suggestions during your time in our care to help ensure everything is being done to protect your health.
When lifestyle changes and oral devices fail to produce results, a CPAP machine or even surgical option may be needed to treat OSA. We will discuss these options as necessary as we do everything possible to treat your condition.
To schedule a sleep apnea treatment consultation, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 today. Located in Glendale, we serve all surrounding areas of Arizona.