Does your spouse give you a hard time about your snoring? Snoring or interrupted breathing during sleep is a strong sign that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder depicted by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. These breathing pauses, which often reduce your oxygen levels, are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep.
Common signs of sleep apnea include loud snoring, and occasionally waking up with a chocking or gasping sensation.
Treating obstructive sleep apnea is incredibly important to your health. When left untreated, sleep apnea often causes excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, as well as morning headaches and memory loss. Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk for serious health problems, which include:
- Chronic acid reflux
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
At our office we work hard to help you get through your sleep apnea and our dentist will work with you to explore the right options and treatments for you.
By the late twentieth century, the medical community recognized that snoring and daytime sleepiness were signs of sleepdisordered breathing (SDB) especially obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). SDB is associated with a 7-fold increase in the incidence of motor vehicle accidents; linked to accidents at work and home; and implicated in failures at job and education as well as failed personal relationships and the general bedroom disharmony caused by rancorous snoring and sexual impotence. The co-morbidities of SDB are hypertension, obesity, diabetes, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, stroke, asthma, and gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD).
Dr Omid is trained to treat theses symptoms by making an appliance that treats the problem. Call us so we can evaluate you to see if you are a candidate. In a lot of cases the medical insurance covers this procedure.
For more information about sleep apnea dental treatments, please contact us. Dr. Shawna Omid DDS looks forward to helping you get your best sleep possible.