Obstructive sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans every night while they sleep. This disorder causes chronic snoring and interrupts breathing multiple times. It can often go unnoticed unless you have a loved one who tells you that it is happening. And if left untreated, it may lead to other health concerns, such as hypertension, diabetes, memory problems, and heart disease. If you are affected by this, your Gary, IN, dentist can offer a solution by fitting you with a custom-designed oral appliance that you wear when you sleep.
Why Is This Happening?
There is no one specific cause that triggers sleep apnea. It can occur in both genders and in all age groups. However, there are some factors that can contribute to an increase in risk. These include drinking alcohol, smoking, being overweight, a small jaw, a large neck, a recessed chin, aged 40 or over, and genetics.
Signs And Symptoms You Should Look For
Chronic snoring is one of the telltale signs that you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. But you may not even be aware that you are doing that. If you have a loved one, ask them to let you know if you are snoring throughout the night or if you ever stop breathing and gasp for air repeatedly while you sleep. During the day, symptoms to be aware of include feeling excessively tired, having difficulty paying attention or concentrating on things, having a dry mouth, or having a headache when you wake up.
A Good Solution For A Good Night’s Sleep
One way to treat it is by wearing an oral appliance while you sleep. By opening up the airways, this mouthguard helps reduce snoring. We offer custom-designed ones that you can wear comfortably. Your jaw will be held forward, which keeps tissues in your airway from collapsing. One type of appliance is called mandibular repositioning, and it covers the lower and upper teeth. The other type is called tongue retaining, and it keeps the tongue in a forward position. We can help determine which is the right one for your situation.
Anything Else That Can Be Done?
There are other things you can do that may help. For example, if you are overweight, we recommend that you begin a program to help you lose weight, as this is one of the best strategies for helping stop sleep apnea. You should also avoid or reduce alcohol consumption, stop smoking, and sleep on your side rather than your back.
Schedule An Appointment Today
At Healthy Smiles of Northwest Indiana, we would love to care for your sleep apnea and help you get a good night’s rest. To find out more, or to schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637.