- Do you snore when you sleep?
- Have you been told that you’ve stopped breathing while you sleep?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Have you noticed that you’ve been gaining weight?
- Do you wake up with morning headaches?
If so, you may have sleep apnea.
What It Is
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical treatment characterized by involuntary pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea since it demonstrates that air is unable to flow properly. Sleep apnea is most common amongst men, people who are overweight, have high blood pressure, and a family history of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea will disrupt your natural sleep cycles. This can cause you to feel tired.
First Steps in Treating Sleep Apnea
If you feel fatigued throughout the day or realize that you snore regularly and excessively, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your primary physician, an ENT, or a sleep specialist. A doctor will be able to diagnose your condition. At Arlington Dental, we can screen you for sleep apnea and send you home with an at-home sleep kit. We will work with doctors who can interpret the data and diagnose sleep apnea.
The first step towards treating sleep apnea is making lifestyle changes. Losing weight, exercising, and quitting smoking are common recommendations our dentists make when treating sleep apnea.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy can help manage sleep apnea and snoring. Our Arlington Dental team may help correct sleep apnea by fitting you with a custom appliance that can keep your airway open. Tongue retaining devices may be used to help manage your sleep apnea if your tongue is the reason your breathing is restricted.
While oral appliance therapy works positively with moderate and mild cases of sleep apnea, it is not recommended for those with acute sleep apnea. CPAP machines are better for more severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
We Can Help
Obstructive sleep apnea can be caused by extra tissue around the tongue, throat, or nose. Oral appliance therapy can be successful in treating obstructive sleep apnea. Our experienced dental team in Cordova, TN, is eager to help you feel rested and refreshed. Call Arlington Dental for a consultation today.