Need a Good Night’s Sleep?
Do you often feel tired, easily irritated, and stressed out because of interrupted sleep? If so, you may be suffering from a condition wherein breathing stops for periods of 10 seconds or longer during sleep. This interrupts deep sleep because the body receives less oxygen, resulting in frequent night awakenings and reduced mental and physical alertness the next day. A good night’s sleep is essential for a sound body and mind; hence, apnea greatly affects the quality of one’s life. If you think you might be suffering from the condition known as sleep apnea in Marietta, Ga, we can help.
The good news is that this type of sleep disturbance can usually be remedied with the use of a non-surgical dental appliance. These appliances have been proven to be more effective than surgery, relieving plenty of patients from the disorder. We have successfully treated patients for this problem; the results have been astounding, these people are now living stress-free and more active lifestyles.
What is The Problem?
A sleeping person who stops breathing for at least 10 seconds or more has apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome or OSAS is one type that is characterized by insufficient oxygen intake during sleep. With OSAS, the airflow is blocked, prompting the brain to instruct the body to wake up and breathe. This can happen many times per night during sleep, resulting in a light and less restful slumber. Affected individuals are not able to enter the stage of deep relaxation because of the periodic awakenings.
Why is This a Cause for Concern?
Receiving less oxygen while sleeping is a cause for concern because oxygen carries with it the essential food and nutrients that the body needs; it must be treated as soon as possible. Individuals with apnea are at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart problems, and premature death. There are a lot of factors that contribute to airway blockage. It could be the size and shape of the airway tunnel, swelling of the air passageways, or improper tongue positioning. These things can be addressed by wearing a non-surgical dental appliance during sleep.
In addition, disrupted sleep causes daytime sleepiness and also affects the well-being and mood of a person. This results in reduced concentration, memory deficiency, and even accidents at the workplace. In addition, affected patients also often have loud snores that can greatly disturb the quality of sleep of a partner.
Non-Surgical Treatments Offer Effective Solutions
Your experienced dental professionals at Reilly Dental will perform a few tests to diagnose the patient. For patients with OSAS, non-surgical treatments may then be recommended for treatment. The use of a nasal mask called CPAP during sleep enhances air flow and keeps nasal passages open. Another device, known as, the anterior mandibular positioning dental device (AMP), may also be recommended to reposition the tongue, and clear the pathway for air.
A study performed by Sweden showed that the wearing of a dental appliance is actually more effective than therapies that may require surgery. This study also states that dental appliances are safe to use, with no known adverse health effects and repairs needed.
Did you know that this condition is considered to be under-diagnosed? This condition is often left untreated; meanwhile, the patient goes on suffering all the symptoms and the resultant loss of personal potential. is also more prevalent in men than in women. If you think you have this condition or if your sleeping partner tells you that you snore or stop breathing while asleep, seek help immediately. Call us today at 770-971-6656 for a consultation and let us help you fight a disorder that affects your quality of life. We, at Reilly Dental, are here to increase our patient’s well-being. It’s our way of showing that we truly care for you.