Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics

Jun 29 • 1 minute read

Sleep Apnea Interrupts a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that prohibits people from getting adequate sleep. People with sleep apnea wake frequently throughout the night, and they may not even be aware of it. What they may be aware of, however, is waking up feeling tired and groggy.

Effects and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Proper sleep necessitates the completion of several sleep cycles that allow you to reach deep levels of rest. Proper sleep is like nutrition to the brain, and your body can suffer from serious health ailments without it. There are known connections between sleep apnea and:

  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure

There are also several symptoms that could indicate you are experiencing sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Irritability during the day
  • Persistent Fatigue

Sleep apnea can be detrimental to your performance, and the snoring can take a toll on your loved ones. It is important to see a doctor if you exhibit signs of sleep apnea. They will likely recommend you undergo a sleep study procedure to accurately diagnose your sleep apnea.

Types of Sleep Apnea and Treatment Options

There are two primary types of sleep apnea. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is a neurological issue where the brain stops communicating with the muscles. People typically require medication for treatment.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the result of an obstruction of the airways while breathing. This may be caused by a small throat, obesity, or large tonsils. Misalignment in the jaw, or TMJ, can also contribute to sleep apnea.

Many people wear CPAP machinery at night to regulate oxygen in airways. This is a nasal mask that pushes air into the nasal passages.

Other people prefer appliances a dentist provides. Orthodontic appliances customized to your unique facial structure keep the jaw in the proper position so you can breathe properly and sleep soundly. 

Dr. Richard Weiser Treats Sleep Apnea

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Richard Weiser can refer you to a doctor for treatment. He can custom design an orthodontic appliance that will keep your jaw in proper alignment so you can get the rest you need.

Strongsville Center for Cosmetic Implant Dentistry serves people in Strongsville and surrounding communities.

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