Does your partner often complain about your loud chronic snoring? Do you often wake feeling tired in the morning despite sleeping all night? You may be suffering from a chronic sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing frequently throughout the night. This makes you lose a restful night’s sleep while also impacting your oral health and your quality of life. At Summit Boulevard Dental, we have the solutions you need to treat sleep apnea in Reno.
The most common form of the disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth or throat collapse, causing an obstruction in the airway. Not only does this make you snore excessively, but it also causes you to stop breathing frequently throughout the night with each interruption lasting potentially longer than one minute.
At least 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea; however, it is estimated as many as 80% of those with it are not diagnosed. It can be difficult to recognize the signs of the disorder because they often occur while sleeping, but you may notice other issues throughout the day. Although the symptoms can be quite diverse, the most common include:
While the signs of the condition may seem like nothing more than an annoyance, there can be potentially deadly complications. The lack of adequate oxygen places a strain on your heart. This increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. The interruptions throughout the night can also cause sleep deprivation, which raises the risk of workplace and auto accidents.
After undergoing a sleep study to receive a proper diagnosis, your dentist in Reno can help you breathe easier and sleep better. The most traditional treatment involves a CPAP machine. It delivers a steady stream of air through a mask worn over the mouth or nose to prevent the airways from collapsing.
As an alternative to a CPAP, many patients have come to prefer an oral appliance, which has shown to be effective for treating mild to moderate cases of the condition. It is a custom-fit device that is like a mouthguard; however, instead of protecting the teeth, it repositions your lower jaw forward. This keeps your airways open to prevent pauses in breathing. This offers a comfortable and effective treatment to protect your health and to improve your quality of life.
Are you snoring yourself to death? As part of Dr. Houchin’s efforts to educate the community on obstructive sleep apnea, we’re happy to highlight his appearance on Preferred Radio, a station dedicated to home healthcare and nursing services. In it, you’ll hear Dr. Houchin explain why more dentists are incorporating sleep apnea treatment into their repertoire, the side effects of sleep apnea, and common misconceptions behind the condition. We hope you’ll enjoy this productive and informative conversation!
You do not need to live with the complications of sleep apnea. Summit Boulevard Dental can improve your sleep quality and restore your daily life with a solution that is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you regain a restful night’s sleep.