If you or your partner are snoring throughout the night, this can be a sign of a bigger problem. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans leaving them feeling exhausted during the day. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems. To find out if you have sleep apnea, you need to visit your physician for an official diagnosis. This is done by taking an at-home sleep test or by visiting a sleep clinic. From there, your doctor can diagnose you and if you have Obstructed Sleep Apnea or OSA, you can visit Dr. James Schmidt and Associates for your treatment. Our St. Louis dentists are happy to provide patients with sleep apnea treatments that will reduce their health risks and give them a better night’s sleep.

What is Sleep Apnea?

There are two different types of sleep apnea. The first is central sleep apnea. This occurs when your brain forgets to send the signal to your lungs to breathe throughout the night. This will cause you to stop breathing throughout the night, which will interrupt your sleep patterns. Obstructed Sleep Apnea is the second type and occurs when there is some sort of blockage that actually interrupts the airflow when you sleep. This is usually from soft tissue in the throat causing a partial or full blockage of the throat. This can cause you to stop breathing throughout the night which also interrupts your sleep cycles.

What are the Health Risks of Sleep Apnea?

Without treating your sleep apnea, you face the increased risk of stroke, type two diabetes, heart attack, cardiac arrest, and even high blood pressure. Most sleep apnea sufferers also feel extremely tired throughout the day which can result in falling asleep at work or even while driving. The lack of proper sleep can lead to mood disorders and feel generally irritable. Sleep apnea can affect many different parts of the body and brain. Without treatment, it can even be deadly with heart disease. It’s important to begin treatment as soon as possible to reduce these risks.

How Can Your Dentist Treat You For Sleep Apnea?

You’re probably wondering how your dentist in St. Louis can treat you for sleep apnea. Our dentists can provide you with oral appliance therapy. This is a custom-made oral appliance that you wear at night. The appliance is custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly for you and works by opening up your airway. This will allow you to get proper airflow while you sleep so that you don’t continuously wake up throughout the night. This simple oral appliance is more comfortable to wear than a CPAP machine but is typically only used in patients who suffer from mild to moderate forms of OSA.

Stop Snoring. Treat Your Sleep Apnea in St. Louis Today

If you’re ready to stop snoring and get a better night’s rest, it’s time to consider sleep apnea treatment from your dentist in St. Louis. We will provide you with an oral appliance that will allow you to sleep soundlessly without interruption. Experience the health benefits and energy boost that sleep apnea treatment brings. Give our St. Louis dentist a call or fill out our online form to request an appointment for sleep apnea treatment today.