If you follow headlines, you might know that sleep apnea is common, but often surprising, contributor to an unexpected death. This is because it brings with it a long list of possible health issues. This alone shows that there are many potential benefits of sleep apnea treatment apart from an end to snoring. At Rivercrest Family Dental in New Braunfels, TX, we encourage any patient who suspects that they (or a loved one) has sleep apnea to get in touch.
The Seriousness of OSA
Sleep apnea comes in a few forms, with the most common being “obstructive sleep apnea” or OSA. As your dentist in New Braunfels, we cannot officially diagnose you with OSA (that requires a visit to a sleep lab or an in-home sleep study), but we can supply the oral appliance that only a sleep apnea dentist can deliver.
Of course, you may wonder how something as harmless as snoring might lead to serious health issues or even death. That is quite easy to understand when you know how OSA works. Once you do, you begin to see how there are such profound benefits of sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing while asleep. For most people, it happens countless times each night. Snoring is a common symptom because sleep apnea allows the soft tissue of your palette to collapse against the back of your throat. That makes the snoring noise, but that tissue can come together tight enough to stop you from being able to inhale. This is when you gasp and snort yourself awake (even if you don’t know it), in order to begin breathing again.
Sleep apnea treatment uses an oral appliance that prevents that soft tissue from collapsing and allows you to comfortably remain asleep all night. While restful sleep is one of the benefits of sleep apnea treatment, the health issues that OSA causes are also halted.
High blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, foggy thinking, extreme fatigue, and many other health related problems can be brought under control once the sleep apnea is addressed.
Get a Better Night’s Sleep with Sleep Apnea Treatment Today
Are you someone who needs to enjoy the benefits of sleep apnea treatment? If so, give us a call at our New Braunfels, TX office at 830-625-7611. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.