Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects one in four individuals. Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is abnormally low, or stops for seconds or minutes, during sleep. Sufferers are deprived of vital oxygen during sleep, which can have serious implications. Individuals with sleep apnea are more likely to experience fatigue, morning headaches, memory loss, heartburn, acid reflux, obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis, ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease, stroke, diabetes, and sexual impotence. It is vital that sleep apnea be treated immediately in order to prevent health from deteriorating.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by the tongue falling in the back of the mouth and obstructing airflow. One treatment for obstructive sleep apnea includes wearing a custom-manufactured oral appliance while sleeping. These devices fit comfortably on the teeth and hold the tongue and jaw in place in order to prevent the collapsing of the airway.
At Gentle Dental Care our dentists can help you get the treatment you need for sleep apnea. Call today for an appointment and start sleeping soundly.