Do you suffer from fatigue and headaches during the day or wake up multiple times a night? Does your partner complain about your snoring? You might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is much more than just an annoyance. Because it disrupts a good night’s sleep, it can have serious and long-term health consequences. How does a dentist help?
What Is Sleep Apnea?
First, what is sleep apnea? There are a few forms, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This is when the muscles that support your throat’s soft tissues, such as your soft palate (the roof of your mouth) and tongue, relax. When these muscles relax, it narrows or even closes your airway. This cuts off your breathing! If you tend to wake up and feel like you’re gasping for air, you’re most likely experiencing this muscle relaxation.
How the Dentist Helps
The first step is to talk to us about your symptoms. The information you provide allows us to diagnose you and decide what treatment works best for your case. Custom-made dental devices are a common and effective method. These adjust your jaw and stop your airway from collapsing while you sleep. With an open airway, you’ll breathe much better and be able to sleep through the night.
Sleep Apnea Treatment at Chandler Dental Center
It might seem odd to get sleep apnea treatment at the dentist, but this condition affects your oral health. It’s linked to issues like dry mouth, gum disease, and bad breath. At our San Antonio office, we want to get to the root of the problem and provide treatment that benefits your dental health and overall health. If you have questions about how we treat sleep apnea or think you might have this medical condition, please reach out to us today!
This post was written by Chandler Dental Center