Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep and can also have serious health consequences. But your dentist may be able to offer you an easy approach to sleep apnea treatment in Hershey that minimizes its effects.
When you lay down to sleep, your body relaxes, including the muscles and soft tissues in your throat. For most people, this isn’t a problem. But if you have sleep apnea, when these muscles relax, the airway closes up and prevents you from breathing easily.
The result is that you either have to struggle to catch a breath or can’t breathe at all, and your oxygen-deprived body wakes you up to start breathing again. These episodes can occur hundreds of times a night for some people.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Unless you sleep with a partner who notices severe snoring, long pauses in your breath, or gasping for air, you may not realize you have sleep apnea. Here are some of the symptoms that affect your daily life:
- Fatigue upon waking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability or moodiness
- Drowsy-driving accidents
What are the Health Risks of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect your ability to get a good night’s rest. Some health risks are:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure or heart attacks
How Can Your Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?
For those with severe sleep apnea, a CPAP mask is still the safest solution. But if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Wesley R Davis can customize an oral device that might be a better choice for you.
The device, often called a snore guard, fits over your front teeth and repositions your jaw slightly forward. This movement opens up your airway and allows you to breathe normally and sleep peacefully again.
If you would like to learn how we can help minimize the effects of sleep apnea for you, please call the office of Wesley R Davis DDS to arrange a consultation.