Help Your Sleep Apnea With a Quick Trip To the DentistGrandview Dental | November 13, 2013
We all know a night spent tossing and turning makes for a miserable groggy morning after. However, if you suffer from sleep apnea that very well may be a daily occurrence. Those that have been diagnosed with the condition experience a reduction or pause in airflow during sleep, which results in a multitude of negative physical and mental side effects. Thankfully, a quick trip to the dentist could help fix the problem. Below are just a few ways sleep apnea can affect your daily routine (if left untreated) and how a sleep apnea mouthpiece can improve your quality of life.
What Are The Side Effects Of Sleep Apnea?
- Daytime Fatigue
- Poor Concentration/Worsening of ADHD
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Failure, Irregular Beating, and heart attacks
As you can see, sleep apnea can result in very serious health issues. In addition, if left untreated it can be responsible for poor performance in daily activities such as work/school, operating a motor vehicle and underachievement in children and adolescents.
How a Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Can Help
Sleep apnea treatment can reduce the risks of the above effects greatly. An oral appliance, otherwise known as a mouthpiece, is a great non-invasive option that is best suited for those with mild sleep apnea. The appliance is a plastic piece custom fitted by a dentist or orthodontist that will adjust your lower jaw and tongue in order to help keep your airway open while sleeping. The devices are easy to use, wear, and small enough to make traveling with it simple.
It is crucial to take the correct steps in treatment so that effects such as those listed above do not worsen. Living each day in a fog created by sleep apnea is no way to live at all. If you are suffering from this condition make the trip to your dentist and find out more about how your day-to-day life can be improved with a simple, cost effective sleep apnea mouthpiece.