How Your Dentist Can Help Your Sleep Apnea

Both you and your partner are waking up exhausted from your sleep apnea. Your snoring sounds like a freight train. Plus, the condition has been making you exhausted throughout the entire day. 

You may not realize that dentists have tools that can treat your ailment, and Johnny L. Smith, DMD, treats sleep apnea at his Peoria, Arizona, practice. 

Why can’t I get a good night’s sleep with sleep apnea? 

There’s a good reason why you’re tired in the morning. Your breathing at night is constantly interrupted by your sleep apnea. Your breath normally goes down your throat into your lungs and then travels back. With sleep apnea, your throat muscles relax so much that the passage becomes blocked. You can’t get enough oxygen, so you gasp for breath repeatedly during the night.

When your body is trying to get air, it signals your brain that something is wrong, and your brain tells you to wake up. You probably don’t remember each waking, but that’s why you’re so tired.   

Sleep apnea prevents you from catching your breath. Also, the tissues in your throat can vibrate — otherwise known as snoring — because your airway is only partially open. 

Why is sleep apnea bad for my health?

Sleep apnea can spark health complications. Untreated, it can increase your risk for the following conditions

These are just some of the reasons you shouldn’t ignore sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you’re tired during the day, it could be due to sleep apnea. Fatigue can increase your risk of vehicle accidents. Other signs of sleep apnea include:

A device called the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is often the first-line treatment for sleep apnea, but some people can’t tolerate the device which fits over your nose and around your head and connects to a machine via a tube. Dr. Smith offers another effective solution: oral appliance therapy.

An oral appliance is a convenient solution for solving sleep apnea symptoms

Dr. Smith can provide a custom-made oral appliance. It changes the position of your jaw and tongue to ensure your airway remains open when you sleep. Dr. Smith takes impressions of your mouth and makes your custom oral appliance in the office. 

Once you start wearing the appliance, you’ll notice a difference. Your partner can sleep, and there’s no more loud snoring. Oral appliances work so well that most people notice an improvement on the first night of wearing it. 

The oral appliance has advantages over a CPAP machine. It doesn’t make noise, so it doesn’t keep you or your loved one awake. It’s not a bulky device strapped to your head and covers your nose, which can be uncomfortable, so you’re more likely to wear it every night. This compliance improves your sleep pattern long-term. You can easily take your oral appliance with you anywhere, even when you travel.

It’s time to get a good night’s sleep and take a step toward better health and well-being. Call or book an appointment online for an appointment with Dr. Smith today for relief for your sleep apnea. 

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