The Importance of Quality Sleep
A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining your physical and mental health. Quality sleep makes you feel rested and ready to take on the day with a refreshed mind and body.
There aren’t many lifestyle factors that have as great an impact as sleep on your overall well being. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the quality sleep they need because of interference from untreated sleep disorders.
Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
For too many patients, the ability to get quality sleep is diminished by sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD). Sleep disorders that impact your breathing are characterized by recurrent episodes of reduced or interrupted respiratory airflow.
The symptoms of SRBDs can make it difficult to sleep through the night, diminish the quality of your sleep, and disturb the sleep of your partner. The most common SRBD is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that affects millions of Americans and too often goes untreated.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA occurs when soft tissues near the back of the throat collapse during sleep and partially obstruct the airway. The tissues of your throat and tongue can vibrate as air passes by, causing you to snore. Snoring is often worsened when sleeping on your back because this encourages the lower jaw to slip back, pushing the tongue in front of the airway.
Obstructive sleep apnea prevents your body from circulating the oxygen it needs to replenish itself during sleep. This can cause symptoms that affect your overall physical health and mental wellbeing.
Some symptoms of OSA include:
- Snoring, gasping for air during sleep
- Fatigue, low energy, and daytime sleepiness
- Inability to sleep soundly or stay asleep
- Irritability or moodiness
- Poor concentration or difficulty paying attention
- Decreased libido & erectile dysfunction
If you experience any of these symptoms, especially if you snore or gasp for air during sleep, it’s important to be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea. This means undergoing a sleep study, which can take place at a facility with sleep specialists or with tools you’ll receive to conduct the study at home. If your results indicate that you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Otteson can provide treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Treating Your Sleep Apnea
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the traditional method of treating sleep apnea. By maintaining airflow to your lungs through a mask, these machines ensure that your breathing won’t be interrupted while you sleep. However, many patients find these devices difficult to sleep with due to noise or discomfort.
At Otteson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re proud to provide custom oral appliances that keep your airway open by gently shifting your lower jaw forward during sleep. These devices are designed for your comfort and can improve your ability to easily breathe through the night. By repositioning the tongue away from the back of the throat, the potential for obstruction is reduced and the tendency to snore or gasp for air is safely diminished.
Custom oral appliances for OSA are backed by a great deal of scientific evidence and have satisfied countless patients with the relief they provide from sleep apnea symptoms. They can be the perfect remedy if you’re dissatisfied with your CPAP machine or are reluctant to try complicated breathing devices or surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat.
Achieve Relief from Sleep Apnea
Only a qualified dentist can fabricate your custom oral appliance as part of your SRBD therapy. At Otteson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll provide attentive, compassionate care to resolve your sleep apnea symptoms. Call (480) 899-6229 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and begin the journey to the quality sleep you deserve.