Obstructive sleep apnea affects a large portion of our population. This condition occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, resulting in disrupted breathing. Not only does sleep apnea impact the quality of sleep for the individual, but it can lead to serious health risks. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or believe you may have this condition, come see us at Southern Oaks Family Dental Care. As part of our general dentistry treatment options, we offer snoring, teeth grinding and sleep apnea treatment at our dental center in Baton Rouge, LA.
There are several factors that can put you at risk for sleep apnea. Gender, age, weight, genetics and other elements can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity is one of the main risk factors, as excess fat around the chin, jaw and throat can cause airway blockages. Sleep apnea symptoms can include:
- Fatigue, even with a full night of sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- High blood pressure
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Waking up multiple times
- Mood instability
Sleep apnea treatment varies for each person, but many patients can benefit from using a dental nightguard. This specialized mouthguard can shift the jaw to help open the airway. Many patients prefer this treatment option over using a CPAP machine, which can be a more invasive therapy.
Relief from Snoring and Teeth Grinding
Not only can wearing a dental nightguard help improve sleep apnea symptoms, but it may also be effective for those with bruxism or loud snoring. Customized plastic mouthguards can protect teeth while you sleep if you are a teeth grinder (bruxism). Those who snore loudly may also sleep quieter with a mouthguard in place. It can open the airway as it does for sleep apnea, which can eliminate snoring.
If you have sleep apnea, bruxism or a snoring problem, treatment is available at Southern Oaks Family Dental Care. Contact our dental team to schedule a dental exam and consultation with our dentist. We offer effective sleep apnea treatment to help you feel more rested while protecting your health.