Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? This sleeping disorder has become the latest buzzword in the dental and medical communities and for good reason. When left unchecked, sleep apnea can cause a variety of health concerns. If you are interested in sleep apnea treatments in Cincinnati, Ohio, call Illuminate Dentistry at 513-772-0722.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is marked by pauses and interruptions in breathing while sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by airway obstructions, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat, which results in pauses in breathing. When left untreated, this sleeping disorder contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems.
What Are the Symptoms?
Diagnosing sleep apnea requires collaboration with a sleep physician. If you are experiencing the following signs of sleep apnea, we recommend speaking with your medical practitioner to set up a sleep study:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Changes in personality, including irritability
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Nighttime snoring
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Morning headaches
What Can Be Done?
Mild to moderate OSA typically only requires the use of a nighttime oral appliance. This sleeping appliance fits over the teeth and keeps the airway open while you sleep, allowing you to rest better and improve your overall health.
Dr. Rachelle Boudreau and Dr. Vincent Benedetti would be more than happy to assist you in treating this disorder. If you have any questions, please call our office to speak with our dentists or team.