Brunette woman yawns because of daytime sleepiness from obstructive sleep apnea

Can a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

November 13, 2020 9:28 pm | Published by

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which you stop breathing during sleep because the tissues in your throat relax. This collapse of tissue blocks your airway.

In this blog post, we discuss how sleep apnea can negatively affect your health, its warning signs, and how it can be treated at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry, your dentist in Spartanburg and Inman, SC.

Negative Health Effects of Sleep Apnea

Because of the poor quality sleep and decreased oxygen to the brain, this condition is associated with a range of health issues if left untreated. For example, this condition can:

  • Worsen asthma, acid reflux, and diabetes
  • Suppress your immune system, and thus increase your risk of infection
  • Increase your blood pressure and risk of stroke, irregular heart rhythm, and heart failure
  • Lead to decreased libido
  • Contribute to liver problems

Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

These are some of the red flags that indicate you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up choking or gasping for air
  • Chronic dry or sore throat in the morning
  • Recurrent headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Daytime fatigue and tiredness
  • Irritability, anxiety, and depression
  • Mental fog, difficulty focusing, and memory loss

If you experience any of these, consult with your healthcare providers. At Meadow Creek Family Dentistry, we can connect you with a certified sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea. If your results indicate you do have obstructive sleep apnea, we may recommend oral appliance therapy.

Oral Appliance Therapy

For eligible patients with obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is a comfortable non-invasive alternative to a breathing machine. This custom-made mouthpiece is worn while you sleep to keep your airway open, even when your throat muscles relax.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Spartanburg & Inman, SC

You need good quality sleep for healthy body functioning and optimal quality of life. Our team is ready to help you receive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry in Spartanburg or Inman, SC!

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