When it comes to visiting your dentist regularly, many people think the only reason to do so is to keep your teeth strong and maintain a good level of oral health. And while these are certainly both important reasons that should not be overlooked or downplayed, another reason to visit us is to discuss remedies for issues like sleep apnea. You might not have considered that your dental office could help you with this problem, but at Mahar Dental, we are happy to help you find a solution to help keep your airways clear and open while you sleep through the night.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep condition that can affect how you breathe when you sleep. Normally, your airway will remain unrestricted during the night. This allows you to get a full, uninterrupted rest and wake up feeling refreshed the next morning. Sleep apnea can cause your breathing to become interrupted for ten seconds or more, however, while you attempt to sleep. This can happen literally hundreds of times throughout the night! It should come as no surprise that this can take a bit toll on your physical health as well as your mental “sharpness”. You must be able to obtain hours of restorative, deep sleep – the kind of sleep that your body and mind rely on in order to heal and recover from the day.
What are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea has a number of symptoms. Many of them, unfortunately, are most noticeable while you are asleep, which means that the problem might go undiagnosed for quite a while if you live on your own and have no one around who would hear you breathe while you sleep. With that said, symptoms that others should be on the lookout for include things like chronic snoring that is quite loud in nature (sometimes the snoring might even wake you up), insomnia, waking often while attempting to sleep, and long periods of time between breaths.
Even if you live on your own, there are symptoms you should watch out for. If you experience things like irritability, depression, or forgetfulness, for example, you might be experiencing sleep apnea. This is especially true if the irritability and depression have no other known trigger.
What are the consequences of sleep apnea?
Failing to identify or treat sleep apnea can result in a number of serious health issues that could really impact your quality of life. These include things like weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. As you can imagine, any of these issues would be serious for your health. They are even more serious when accompanied by the aforementioned symptoms of depression and irritability.
If you think that you might be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact us for help today at (315) 766-2770. We can help you determine how severe the issue is as well as what kind of treatment options would work best for your specific situation and symptoms. We also offer various oral appliances to help reduce symptoms.