Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which an individual stops breathing during the sleep cycle. Some signs of sleep apnea include loud snoring, grinding teeth, and fatigue despite long hours of sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can worsen high blood pressure, ADHD, and diabetes and contribute to heart attack, stroke, headaches, and depression.
If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea:
Often, doctors recommend CPAP therapy for people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines used pressurized air to keep people breathing at night. This requires the sleeper to wear a snug fitting mask hooked up to a sometimes noisy air compressor while sleeping.
Unfortunately, patients sometimes find CPAP therapy too uncomfortable or inconvenient and will not use it regularly. Sleep apnea, however, is a serious medical concern. It is not safe to try to ignore it and hope everything will be okay.
Luckily, Scheive Family Dental Care can help with many cases of apnea with an alternative to CPAP therapy. Treating sleep apnea is not just good for your overall health; it can greatly improve your dental health as well. Treating sleep apnea can help end the nighttime tooth grinding that can lead to cracked teeth and serious jaw problems.
We can help fit you with a special type of mouth guard called a Mandibular Adjustment Device (MAD) that adjusts the jaw during sleep to keep the airways open. People tend to wear their MAD more consistently than use CPAP machines, the other common sleep apnea device. A MAD also does not require electricity or make extra noise.
Obviously, a treatment that is actively and regularly being used is more effective than one being ignored. Talk to us about a sleep apnea device to improve your overall health and your dental health. If you don’t think about a visit to the dentist improving the quality of your sleep, you may be pleasantly surprised after a visit with us for a mandibular adjustment device fitting.
If you have questions about sleep apnea or would like to schedule a consultation with your Glen Ellyn sleep dentist, give us a call today or schedule an appointment online! We look forward to smiling with you.