When patients experience trouble sleeping, they might think to call their physician, but not ever their dentist. Since the head, neck, and mouth are closely related, your dentist is actually one of the best health professionals to turn to when you experience symptoms of a sleeping disorder. This is especially true when you’re considering the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea being the culprit of your sleeping difficulties.
In fact, you could greatly benefit from a dentist evaluating your oral cavity and receiving sleep apnea therapy in Simpsonville, SC.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that can cause patients to have pauses in breathing or very shallow breaths while their body is trying to rest. The pauses in breathing could be a short few seconds or last all the way to minutes, which is imaginably a huge risk for your oral and overall health.
These interruptions in breathing may repeat themselves hundreds of times throughout the night, typically causing a snore to erupt or choking sound when it starts up again. The biggest risk factors associated with sleep apnea are breathing cessation (interruptions) and the sleep deprivation that can lead to more severe problems, affecting your quality of life.
Sleep deprivation can take a huge toll on you and how you feel about day to day life. You are constantly tired and probably have a bad attitude towards work and people around you. Even the simplest tasks that you normally conquer become extremely difficult to focus on.
It’s important to take note of any of these abnormalities in your behavior. They could be symptoms of sleep apnea! If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visiting our dental office could potentially save your life.
The first step to recovering a state of well-being is visiting a dentist for help diagnosing your sleeping disorder. Your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of OSA and ask about any issues that you’ve been having in your day to day life.
We will take the diagnosis a step further by recommending a sleep study be completed. If you happen to actually show that you’re having problems with this sleeping disorder, our dental office will explain how a custom oral appliance can help relieve the airway for better breathing.
With a custom oral appliance, you’ll have a comfortable mouthpiece to wear at night that will gently shift the lower jaw open. This helps to keep the airway open for constant airflow. Before you know it, you’ll feel well-rested again!
If you’re ready to explore how a dentist like Dr. Darryl Halbert, Dr. Joshua Burns, Dr. Billy Forrester, or Dr. Lance Halbert can help you experience better oral health and improved sleep, contact our dental office today!