Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that affects billions of people all over the world. But according to Timberview Family Dentistry, a majority of those people have no idea that they are suffering.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Also referred to as OSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a disorder that causes the muscles in the back of the throat to relax. When relaxed the airways close making it impossible to breathe.
If a person can’t breathe, the brain will wake them up signaling them to start breathing again. Breathing usually begins with a gasp or snort, or even a body jerk. Although you aren’t sleeping as well as you could be, you are most likely not even aware that it is occurring.
What are the Symptoms of OSA?
- Restless Sleep
- Dry Mouth
- Sore Throat upon Waking
- Morning Headaches
- Night Sweats
- Daytime Fatigue or Sleepiness
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Problems Waking Up
- Waking Suddenly Choking or Gasping
Dr. Julie Storm from TVF Dentistry explains that if you share a bed with a partner, they will most likely notice the gasping and choking before you do.
Who Suffers from Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
People who are obese, have obstructive sleep apnea in the family or people who still have their tonsils or adenoids are more susceptible to sleep apnea. As a result, anyone can be affected, even children.
Below are some additional risks to consider for Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
- Being Male
- Family History
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- High Risk of Stroke or Heart Attack
- Being over 60
- People with Tonsils and Adenoids
- People with a Large Neck
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
A CPAP machine is the most common treatment for OSA. However, because it is cumbersome and uncomfortable, most sufferers stop using the device after a few months.
Surgery is another option, but can be avoided if you are not using your CPAP machine and would like to know more about oral appliance therapy.
Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry is a licensed and preferred provider of oral appliance therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Oral appliance therapy is more comfortable and more likely to be used than a CPAP machine.
If you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, call or click and schedule an appointment with Timberview Family Dentistry for an oral appliance therapy consultation.