Do you struggle with getting a good night’s rest? Are you as exhausted when you wake up as you were when you went to bed? Does your sleep partner complain of your chronic snoring? At Van Hala Dental Group, our sleep apnea solutions may be the perfect fit for you.
The Dangers of Sleeping Disorders
It’s estimated that over 50 million adults in the United States suffer from some type of sleep apnea, insomnia, or sleeping disorder. Unfortunately, nearly 90% of those cases go undiagnosed.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one common example of a condition that can keep you from getting the quality of rest that your body depends on. During sleep, OSA interferes with oxygen flow due to a collapse of the soft tissues near the back of your throat. When the tissues seal together, you’re left struggling for breath.
Side Effects of Sleep Apnea
OSA sufferers often exhibit flat, worn, or chipped teeth. This is due to the jaws clenching together as you struggle for oxygen during sleep. During the day, these same individuals are prone to systemic complications like high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, depression, and decreased libido.
How Can a Dentist Help Me With a Sleeping Disorder?
Believe it or not, your dentist may be able to provide you with an effective, comfortable alternative to conventional CPAP therapy. Instead, a customized oral prosthesis is made that can be worn when you sleep. It works to prevent OSA by positioning your lower jaw in a way that accommodates maximum air flow when your muscles and tissues are relaxed.
If you’re not sure where to start, contact Van Hala Dental Group in Hudson or North Canton. One of our specially trained dentists will meet with you to discuss the next steps or tests that may be necessary.