Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Is something keeping you up at night?
Are you tired and cranky all day without knowing why? If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may experience hundreds of episodes of waking throughout the night without even realizing it. Sufferers of this disorder will often arouse from sleep only slightly, which interrupts the normal sleep cycle and prevents you from obtaining the rest you need. Fortunately, your Erlanger KY dentist can help treat this condition so that you will wake up feeling refreshed every morning.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for a period of time while asleep. Episodes of breathing cessation can occur hundreds of times per night and last ten seconds or longer. These pauses in breathing, which cause your brain to awaken you to restart the breathing process, prevent you from reaching the deep sleep cycles that you need in order to function properly the next day. OSA is caused by the relaxation or collapse of the throat tissues while you sleep. Risk factors include obesity, bulky throat tissue, or a large neck or tongue. However, even those without common risk factors can develop sleep apnea.
How can sleep apnea affect my health?
Interrupted sleep can put you and your loved ones at serious risk for accidents, as daytime fatigue can cause you to fall asleep while driving a car or performing your job. Additionally, pauses in breathing cut off the oxygen supply to your brain, cardiovascular system, and the rest of your body. Oxygen deprivation can cause or exacerbate heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity, among other health problems.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Treating sleep apnea is a matter of keeping the airway open so that you can breathe normally at night. Dr. Sand Wall offers a comfortable and conservative treatment option to help you achieve a full-night’s sleep in the form of an oral appliance. This mouthguard is designed to pull your jaw and tongue forward while you sleep, ensuring an open airway and easier breathing.
For personalized general and cosmetic dental care in northern Kentucky, contact Dr. Darlene Sand Wall today to schedule an appointment. Located in Erlanger, we serve patients from all surrounding areas, including Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, and Taylor Mill.