The hard truth about sleep apnea is that it doesn’t just negatively affect one part of your life; it can actually make every aspect of daily life harder to deal with. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition, but the good news is that our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists have effective treatment solutions that really work—and can improve your entire life.
Here’s the thing about sleep apnea: it completely wrecks your natural, healthy sleep cycle. Rather than sleeping peacefully through the night (and completing necessary REM cycles), you are forced to wake up throughout the night because relaxed oral tissues obstruct your oxygen intact.
Sleep apnea prevents you from maintaining optimal blood oxygen levels as you sleep. When you wake, you will likely feel fatigued and depleted, rather than rested and ready to go. Over time this can cause memory and concentration problems, as well has chronic headaches.
In order to address this root problem, our dental team needs to help you maintain an open airway as you sleep. To this end, we outfit our sleep apnea patients with personalized sleep apnea oral appliances. These mouth pieces keep your mouth in an acceptable position, so that oral tissues do not obstruct your airway when you are sleeping.
Patients love these oral appliances because they really work—our patients sleep more soundly and feel better upon waking. Plus, sleep apnea oral appliances are comfortable and simple to use—they have much higher compliance rates than CPAP machines, for example.
If you have noticed sleep apnea related issues in your own life, please do not hesitate to seek the treatment that you need. Living with untreated sleep apnea can really be a nightmare. And, long-term sleep apnea problems can actually increase your risk of suffering from a number of health issues in the future—including diabetes and high blood pressure.
Contact our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists to get even more information about the latest in sleep apnea treatment options.