Importance Of Treating Sleep Apnea
At Brown & Gettings, DDS, we often talk about the importance of caring about your oral health as well as your overall health. There is a serious condition that, if not diagnosed and treated, can lead to serious and significant complications with your overall health. This condition is sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which the soft tissues in the back of the throat relax during sleep, obstructing the airway and limiting proper oxygen flow.
Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Sleep is necessary to recharge your body and mind so you are prepared to function properly from day to day. If you haven’t slept well, you may notice that you feel irritable, moody, exhausted, and just not like yourself. You may be suffering from sleep apnea if you wake up after a full night’s sleep and still feel tired or find yourself falling asleep in the middle of the day or if a family member has told you that you snore loudly each night.
Once you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, it is important to get treatment because it can significantly affect your day-to-day life as well as your overall health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious complications, such as:
- Extreme exhaustion
- Change in mood
- High blood pressure
- Shorter life span
Treatment We Offer
One treatment that we provide to patients to assist with sleep apnea is a customized dental appliance. This piece of hardware is worn like an orthodontic retainer and helps with the placement of the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open during sleep.
We offer sleep apnea treatment to our patients. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, or you have been diagnosed and are in need of treatment, be sure to contact our office, which is located in West Chester, OH, to schedule an appointment. We want to help improve your life and get the quality sleep you need.