At Rivercrest Dental, we pride ourselves on our ability to treat our patients for all the problems possible. Whether they need a root canal or a dental crown, we’re happy to help. One of the treatments we are able to provide is sleep apnea treatment. This means that if you’re a sufferer of sleep apnea, our New Braunfels dentist can help you out and provide you with a treatment option. Find out if you show signs of sleep apnea and if you could benefit from one of our treatment options today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are two different types of sleep apnea. The most common type of sleep apnea is known as obstructed sleep apnea or OSA. OSA occurs when your airway becomes blocked while you sleep, causing you to stop breathing throughout the night. This can result in waking up throughout the night and not feeling very rested in the morning. When your breathing is obstructed while you sleep, this will interrupt your sleep cycle, causing many different health conditions. If you’re wondering if you have sleep apnea, you will show symptoms such as snoring or random stopped breathing throughout the night. You will also show other symptoms during the day like exhaustion, irritability, mood changes, high blood pressure, and headaches during the day.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
There are lots of different things that can cause sleep apnea. The first cause of sleep apnea can be something as simple as having a large tongue or your throat just collapses while you sleep. Another cause of sleep apnea is being overweight or having a large neck. This is because there is excess tissue in your throat that blocks your airway while you sleep. OSA can also be caused by overlarge tonsils and/or adenoids. This can be fixed with a simple removal surgery. Even dental conditions like an overbite can cause sleep apnea. Consuming alcohol or taking sedatives can also cause sleep apnea. If you are worried that you might have sleep apnea, it’s best to visit your physician as soon as possible so that you can be diagnosed.
Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea
Leaving sleep apnea untreated can cause a number of problems for your health. Most importantly, it can make you feel tired, lethargic, and moody during the day. If you operate a vehicle or heavy machinery while you’re tired, this is both dangerous for yourself and the people around you. Over time this may lead to mental health problems. In addition, sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, increased risk of stroke, heart attacks, cardiac arrest as well as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s important to have your sleep apnea treated so that you do not end up with one of these life-threatening problems.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing sleep apnea is actually an easy process. First, you must request for a sleep test from your physician. Dentists cannot legally diagnose you, they can only treat you. Your physician will either have you tested at a sleep clinic or give you at take-home sleep test that monitors your sleep. Once they view the results, they can diagnose you. From there, they will find out the root of your sleep apnea to determine what treatment is right for you. If it is dental related or involves your mouth in any way, they will recommend you visit your dentist for treatment.
How Can I Naturally Treat Sleep Apnea?
Although you can wear an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea, there are more natural ways to try and solve the problems. The first one includes losing weight so that you’re at a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing sleep apnea, so losing weight to be healthy can actually cure it. On the subject of health, you can also make an effort to exercise more. Not only does exercise help you lose weight, but it helps you sleep better. If you find that you sleep on your back, shift over to your side. This can also reduce your risk of sleep apnea. If you drink or take narcotics, sedatives or tranquilizers, do not consume these anymore. They increase your risk of sleep apnea by a lot. With some of these natural treatments, you might be able to treat your sleep apnea without wearing an oral appliance at night!
How Can My Dentist Treat My Sleep Apnea?
If your physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, you can visit our dentist office in New Braunfels today to treat your sleep apnea. We offer both CPAP machines as well as custom-made oral appliances. The CPAP machine is for moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea and continuously pushes oxygen into your airway throughout the night so that there is always oxygen going to your brain. Not too many patients like this method because it’s large, uncomfortable and noisy. We also offer oral appliances. An oral appliance is a custom-made to fit your mouth much like a night guard but it pushes your jaw forward so that your airway stays open throughout the night. Most patients find this option to be much more comfortable. When it comes to treating your sleep apnea, choose the option you will actually use. Without regular use, the health risks associated with sleep apnea are still there.
The goal of using a sleep apnea treatment in New Braunfels is to improve your quality of sleep. Once you use a treatment for just a night, you will feel different the next day. Over time, your energy and mental clarity will improve and you will feel like a new person! What are you waiting for? A better night of sleep is just around the corner.
Where Can I Receive Sleep Apnea Treatment?
If your partner complains about you snoring throughout the night, there’s a possibility you have sleep apnea. Receive a diagnosis from your physician and our dentist at Rivercrest Dental Care is happy to provide you with the sleep apnea treatment you need. Give our dental office a call or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping you sleep better!