Sleep apnea can cause a lot more issues than just a tumultuous night’s rest.
Sleep apnea. This condition may make you toss and turn at night and feel like an exhausted zombie by morning, but this isn’t the only issue you’ll face if you have sleep apnea. Unfortunately, millions of American adults deal with this sleep disorder and, worse yet, a lot of people don’t get the treatment they need to manage this condition properly. From the office of our Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, find out the perils and pitfalls of not treating this sleep problem.
Why is sleep apnea dangerous?
Besides spending most of your days feeling lethargic and exhausted, which alone doesn’t sound like fun, there are a host of other more serious issues that untreated sleep apnea can lead to, including:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Depression and mood swings
- Surgical complications
Not to mention the fact that dealing with extreme daytime exhaustion may not only affect your performance at work (or school) but can also leave you prone to injury, whether it’s falling asleep at the wheel of your car or not being as diligent about safety practices or machinery at work.
How can my Gainesville, VA, dentist help?
So, at this point, you may be wondering how a dentist could help improve your sleep. After all, isn’t this what sleep specialists are for? Of course, if you have just been diagnosed with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea you may also be able to turn to us for care. Not only will we work with your sleep doctors and general practitioners but we can also provide a convenient, easy and comfortable way to treat your sleep apnea symptoms.
Instead of the cumbersome, noisy and bulky CPAP equipment, we will create a customized oral device that will prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing and prevent the tongue from obstructing your airways as you sleep.
This device looks similar to a mouth guard and can provide the relief you need to get better quality sleep. In just a couple days of regular use you should notice a big difference when you wake up in the morning. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and more like the “you” you know.
If you are looking for a simple way to tackle your sleep apnea symptoms then it’s time you found out what we could do for you. Turn to Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, to discover how we could help you sleep better.