Why Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is a Major Health Concern
At Shank Dentistry, we know that sleep-related breathing problems like obstructive sleep apnea are a growing concern and can negatively influence your health and wellness.
Obstructive sleep apnea, in fact, may also have a harmful impact on teeth because it is associated with teeth grinding while asleep.
Dr. Shank has a lot of experience in treating snoring and other sleep-related breathing disorders, many times without the use of a burdensome CPAP machine.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Concerns
Obstructive sleep apnea means your breathing ceases while you sleep, which prompts you to wake. This can happen hundreds of times a night even if you don’t recall waking. The next day you may feel tired and irritable.
Besides the negative impact on your mood, obstructive sleep apnea may be linked to the following health conditions:
- Heart disease
- Mood disorders
- High blood pressure
- Male impotence
- Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Shank can assess you for sleep apnea through a questionnaire and exam. Dentists, in fact, are great at recognizing the telltale signs, which may include:
- Worn teeth from grinding
- Irritated throat
Your dentist can often find the signs of sleep apnea even if you aren’t aware that you have it—most people do not remember waking repeatedly throughout the night, after all.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliances prescribed by Dr. Shank can help relieve the problem. Oral appliances prescribed by dentists are recognized as first-line treatments in obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral appliances open obstructed airways by moving your lower jaw forward comfortably and gently. And Dr. Shank can create a custom appliance just for you.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or would like an obstructive sleep apnea assessment, contact our Perry Township, IN dental office today.