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By S & G Family Dentistry
November 19, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: sleep disorder  

If you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea your dentist could help you sleep better.

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and wellbeing. You might eat healthily and exercise regularly but without good restorative sleep, these healthy habits can only do so much. Of course, if you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects millions of Americans, it is important that you see a doctor right away. For those who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, our Leawood, KS, sleep dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier may be able to help.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Unfortunately, many people who have restless sleep don’t realize that it’s because of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Since OSA can increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and heart attack it’s important that you see a doctor right away if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea. Signs of sleep apnea include,

  • Gasping or choking in the middle of the night
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Not waking up refreshed despite getting enough sleep
  • Severe daytime fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Dozing off throughout the day
  • Brain fog or trouble concentrating

These symptoms can also be a sign of other sleep disorders or health problems so it’s best to see a doctor to find out what might be affecting the quality of your sleep.

Our Sleep Apnea Dentists

Most people wouldn’t naturally assume that their dentist could help them manage their sleep apnea symptoms. While not all dentists can, our dentists have received specialized training to be able to provide treatment to many people dealing with chronic snoring and sleep apnea in Leawood, KS. Even if your snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea we can still treat both of these issues through oral appliance therapy.

About Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is a custom-fitted transparent oral device that goes over your upper and lower teeth like a mouthguard. The appliance repositions the lower jaws to prevent airway obstructions and narrowing while you sleep.

While oral appliance therapy isn’t right for everyone it can be a great treatment option for those dealing with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, as well as those who aren’t able to tolerate CPAP therapy.

If you are ready to learn more about getting oral appliance therapy in Leawood, KS, then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center today to schedule an evaluation.