What Do We Mean By “Obstructive” Sleep Apnea? Our O’Fallon Dentists Explain

Written by Dr. Brace on Jun 16, 2015

Obstructive sleep apnea, commonly referred to as simply “sleep apnea,” is a disruptive and potentially dangerous breathing disorder. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists offer the treatments that people need to effectively manage sleep apnea, and to stay healthy.

Today we will be giving you some more information about the mechanics of sleep apnea. We’ll also be talking about how sleep apnea can be treated with the help of our dental team.

So, the key word in the term “obstructive sleep apnea” is obstructive. When a patient suffers from sleep apnea, his or her airway becomes blocked, or obstructed, by relaxed oral tissues. This tissue obstruction causes the patient’s blood oxygen levels to drop.

All of these issues disrupt the patient’s natural REM cycle, so he or she does not get the quality sleep that he or she needs.

If you already know that you suffer from sleep apnea…what can you do!?

Well, the good news is that O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists provide effective treatment for chronic sleep apnea.

Our dental team will design a customized oral appliance to treat your airway obstruction. This mouthpiece helps to keep your mouth in a healthy position, so that relaxed tissues do not end up depriving your body of oxygen. These oral appliances are simple to wear, comfortable, and really effective. Plus, patients start to benefit from their mouthpieces as soon as they put them in.

It is very important that you seek out treatment for obstructive sleep apnea before this condition has a chance to wreak havoc on your daily life and overall health. If left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to whole body health issues, fatigue, depression, concentration issues, and headaches.

If you would like more information about sleep apnea and your various treatment options, please call our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists for help.