sleep_apneaHow can you stop sleep apnea—and why are we asking you this? This disorder affects your health and quality of life in countless ways, including your dental health. This condition causes you to stop breathing multiple times a night. It’s been linked to a number of health concerns like tooth grinding, obesity, high blood pressure and chronic fatigue. In fact, sleep apnea can become life-threatening if left untreated.

Lots of our Phoenix patients don’t know that dentists can help you sleep better. For the millions of people who suffer from sleep apnea, snoring, constant  tiredness, and a lower quality of life can feel like the norm. But, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Treatment starts with a diagnosis.

Do you have a sleep apnea diagnosis? Does your loved one have a diagnosis? If not, you or your loved one could be among the 80% of undiagnosed moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea sufferers who experience snoring and disrupted sleep every night.

3 Sleep Apnea Diagnoses:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It happens when soft tissues in the mouth and throat collapse during sleep and obstruct the airway.
  • There are two other kinds of sleep apnea that have a neurological component, central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea.

To get a diagnosis, we invite you to connect with our sleep specialist friends at Agave Sleep & Wellness today. They’re conveniently located right next door to our Phoenix office!

How your dentist can help:

If you or your loved ones have a sleep apnea diagnosis, your health care provider has probably talked to you about CPAP. CPAP is highly effective. However, many patients struggle to use it.

As a safe, effective, and comfortable alternative to CPAP, Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients can benefit from dental device treatment. Similar to mouth guards, these dental devices reposition the jaw to keep the airway clear during sleep.

In addition to dental devices, here are other ways you can help alleviate symptoms:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
  • Establishing a sleep schedule

Ask your physician about a personalized lifestyle plan to help with your symptoms.  

Sleep apnea is a serious condition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today or during your next visit if you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from symptoms like snoring, trouble sleeping, or chronic fatigue.