Sleep Apnea

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Do you or your partner snore so loudly and frequently that it’s affecting not just your sleep, but your quality of life? Do you wake up still feeling exhausted, and find it hard just to stay awake during the day, even after a full night’s rest? Do you find that you or your partner sometimes stop breathing during the night? You may be suffering from sleep apnea, and not even realize it. Sleep apnea is one of the most common chronic diseases among American adults and can have serious, even deadly consequences if left untreated.

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What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during the night and obstruct the airway, making it difficult to breathe, sometimes stopping breathing altogether. Sleep apnea sufferers will see a slow deterioration of the immune system and low blood oxygen levels from a lack of proper breathing, contributing to serious systemic health problems down the road.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Loud & frequent snoring
  • Teeth grinding & TMJ
  • Frequent sleep disruptions
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Depression & anxiety

Risk Factors

  • Male
  • Overweight or obese
  • Over age 40
  • Drink alcohol
  • Have enlarged tonsils
  • Have significant bite alignment issues (overbite)

Am I at risk for sleep apnea?

Take our Free Sleep Apnea Risk Assessment to find out!

So I snore, what’s the big deal?

A common misconception about sleep apnea is that if you are unaware of your condition and it doesn’t seem to be affecting your life in a major way, it must be harmless. So what if I snore? That notion could not be more dangerous or further from the truth. The truth of the matter is that sleep apnea can lead to major systemic health problems down the road, and can even cause death.

How is sleep apnea treated?

You might be wondering what a dentist has to do with sleep apnea – unless you fall asleep in the dental chair, what can a dentist do for you while you’re asleep? Sleep apnea is often treated with what is called a CPAP machine – or continuous positive air pressure machine. This device is worn like an oxygen mask while you sleep, and uses air pressure to prevent the airway from collapsing.

While this treatment works for some, others find the machine intolerable – they simply cannot sleep wearing the device. That’s where your Austin area dentist comes in. We can provide you with a custom mouth guard that you wear during sleep that repositions the jaw and prevents the airway from collapsing. This is a less invasive, less expensive way to treat your sleep apnea.

Our team at Go Dental wants to help you get a good night’s rest, so you can wake up ready to take on the world. Treating your sleep apnea can not only help you get better sleep, but can prevent major health problems down the road, and can increase your quality and longevity of life.

Health Consequences

  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Automobile accidents
  • Premature death
  • Serious consequences for both your dental and overall health

Contact Us

If you have any questions about sleep apnea, or have been diagnosed and are seeking a CPAP alternative, we would love to speak with you! Give us a call at Go Dental today at (512) 252-4655 to find out what sleep apnea treatment can do for you!

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