Are you frequently accused of snoring too loudly? Do you find that you feel exhausted by the afternoon? Do you have difficulty focusing on tasks at work? Do you sometimes wake up with headaches?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be more than a good night’s rest you are risking —it could be your long-term health and well being. Snoring loudly during the night is often a telltale sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or other serious sleep disorders.
Studies have shown us that airway and breathing disorders can increase your risk for more severe chronic and systemic concerns such as:
- Carotid artery disease
- Heart attack
- Acid reflux disease
- Hormone imbalance
- Memory loss
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
Sleep apnea can also significantly impact your daily life. For example, chronic fatigue may make it difficult for you to concentrate and complete tasks at work during the day, and it could even affect your ability to drive yourself home safely. Sleep apnea poses a risk to your overall health, relationships, and wellbeing.
What Is Sleep Apnea
The most common type of sleep apnea is OSA. It occurs when your airway becomes blocked by muscles and soft tissues in your throat that relax while you sleep. This causes your airway to become blocked, and the result is that your brain triggers you to wake due to lack of oxygen. These episodes can happen multiple times throughout the night. Even though you may not realize that you’re waking up, it takes a toll on your body because you’re not getting the restful, rejuvenating sleep that you need.
Advanced Care for Patients with Sleep Disorders
Through professional learning organizations and teaching relationships, Dr. Steinberg became committed to the study of whole body wellness and the role oral health plays throughout the entire health continuum. He and Dr. Farahani are very passionate about screening their patients for sleep apnea and TMD disorders, and they understand the oral-systemic whole body connection. This knowledge allows them to offer effective treatment such as custom oral appliances to help patients comfortably and successfully manage their sleep disorder.
Oral appliance therapy can also be combined with continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP treatment, which is the standard of care for patients with severe sleep apnea. Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Farahani are happy to partner with your general physician to ensure that you are receiving treatment for sleep apnea that is most effective for your needs.
Because of extensive training in sleep and airway disorders, your Austin, TX dentist can help you attain restorative sleep and return to a good night’s rest.
Give Harmony Dental Wellness a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more about sleep apnea.