How can you stop sleep apnea—and why are we asking you this? Sleep apnea 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 Gilbert 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!
Solving sleep apnea 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 in Phoenix at Agave Sleep & Wellness today.
How your dentist can help with sleep apnea:
Let us know right away if you’re concerned about snoring, difficulty sleeping, and constant tiredness with yourself or your loved one! The sooner we detect possible sleep apnea, the greater the chances of successful treatment.
Here are 2 key ways your dentist can help you detect sleep apnea.
1) We give you a health history assessment.
We can conduct a health history assessment to help detect possible signs of sleep apnea, asking patients questions including:
- Do you snore during sleep?
- Are you waking up throughout the night?
- Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning?
- Do you experience daytime sleepiness?
2) We provide a physical patient examination.
During your appointment, we’ll take a look at your mouth, throat, and neck to see if there are physical issues that could be causing sleep apnea, such as:
- Narrowing of the airway that may prevent clear breathing
- An enlarged tongue, uvula, tonsils and/or large neck
- High blood pressure
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.