Do you snore? Maybe you live with an avid snorer? If so, it could be a sign of sleep apnea. At Family and Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO, we are glad to offer sleep apnea treatment as it can be a good way to improve health, and even save lives.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
There is a lot of confusion about the condition known as sleep apnea, or OSA. It comes in a few different forms, with “obstructive sleep apnea” or OSA the most common. The way it works is quite scary, and it involves the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapsing as you lay down asleep. When the tissue comes together, it blocks you from breathing, and though it can result in loud snoring, it can also cause you to gasp for air. In fact, if you have OSA, it is likely that you wake up scores of times each night to begin breathing again.
As your dentist in St. Louis, we cannot diagnose you with OSA, as that is the job of a medical professional and a sleep clinic or in-home study. However, we can provide you with effective sleep apnea treatment. This will usually involve nothing more than a comfortable oral appliance that realigns your bite and keeps the throat open, rather than allowing it to collapse.
While you might think that snoring a lot and waking up many times during the night (most people don’t even remember waking), the condition is much worse than that, and it is why sleep apnea treatment is so important.
What Sleep Apnea Does
There are many signs that someone has the condition, with snoring the obvious one. However, those who do not get sleep apnea treatment and live with it over the long term are at risk for:
- Severe drowsiness
- Foggy thinking
- Falling asleep unexpectedly
- High blood pressure
- Stroke or heart attack
It is amazing to realize that a single visit to our sleep apnea dentist might eliminate these risks and issues.
Enjoy a Better Night’s Sleep with Sleep Apnea Treatment
Are you a candidate for this treatment? If so, give us a call at our St. Louis, MO office at 314-968-7979. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.