sleep apnea symptoms When you have trouble breathing at night, and snore frequently, this could mean you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To avoid long-term impacts on your immune and cardiovascular system, you need treatment. In today’s blog, your Baxter, MN, dentist will explain how we treat sleep apnea with a custom-made oral appliance.

The Causes of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea means that as we sleep, soft tissues in the rear of our mouth and in the throat become too relaxed. They collapse and then block airflow, so we literally stop breathing until the brain registers a lack of oxygen and wakes us. Despite not remembering these episodes, they can happen hundreds of times a night, preventing people from reaching the deep, uninterrupted states of sleep needed to function the next day. Causes could include neck circumference, deviated septum and allergy issues, obesity, age and gender (teens and older and all genders could experience OSA, but men 55 and older tend to be more at risk), and excessive alcohol consumption. Warning signs include snoring, daytime exhaustion, headaches, trouble staying awake or focusing on tasks at work or school, or moodiness.

The Long-Term Health Issues

In the long-run, these interruptions to your rest could strain your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. In addition, they could also put stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke and heart attack for some sufferers. By addressing these concerns early, you help protect your immune and cardiovascular systems.

Treatment In-Office and At-Home

We may suggest an oral appliance, which means when you come to our office, we will take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, using this information to create an oral appliance that fits comfortably and is worn as you sleep. The device then repositions the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues, so you sleep without interruption! The device fits comfortably, and offers an alternative to the loud and cumbersome CPAP machine. At home, we may suggest changes to your routine, such as going to bed and waking up at the same times every day to establish a routine, and avoiding alcohol right before bed. Be sure to sleep on your side, not your back, and in the two hours before bed, avoid large meals, caffeinated products, or vigorous exercise. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, too! If you have any questions about treating common sleep disorders, then contact our team today.

Greenhaven Family Dental Offers Custom Sleep Medicine

Greenhaven Family Dental is ready to help treat your snoring and OSA with a custom and comfortable appliance. If you’d like to learn more about improving your ability to rest, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.