Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Advanced Dental of Las Cruces blog!
If you are one of the millions of American afflicted by sleep apnea, you might be irritable, tired, and distracted as you try to read today’s post.
That is bad enough. But it could get worse.
When sleep apnea is left undiagnosed or untreated, you will see just how life-altering this dangerous condition can be.
Sleep apnea can bring on a stroke, contribute to the onset of heart disease, and it can be the underlying cause of thoughtless accidents (due to sleep deprivation).
But there is some good news: the dentist can help you rest easy and get you back to a higher quality of living.
Right here in our New Mexico dental office, Dr. Reiter has successfully treated many patients for sleep apnea. Keep reading to hear more about some of our reliable solutions, and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your consultation.
Stop Losing Sleep!
Your overall health and wellness is bound up with your oral health. The human body is run by a series of interconnected systems. That’s part of the reason why there are sometimes dental cures for larger problems.
Though there is more than one form of sleep apnea, the most common is obstructive sleep apnea, and this is the type that we are able to fix as oral health professionals.
When you are in its throes, your airway becomes obstructed while you sleep, triggering a series of events that are generally unhealthy for you.
It can usually be traced back to your tongue pressing down on your windpipe, choking off the flow of air, causing you to (briefly) stop breathing while you are fast asleep. It can be a scary experience.
You may find yourself gasping for air as your brain works frantically to pull you back to consciousness, at least enough to start breathing again.
It keeps happening again and again over the course of any given night. Even though your brain is able to bring you back to a higher level of consciousness, that doesn’t mean it completely wakes you up.
Therefore, when you do eventually wake up fully in the morning, you won’t be your normal well-rested self. This will quickly take its toll on your body and your emotions.
It is not a sustainable way to go through life.
Change Your Habits
We usually suggest self-correction as a good starting point for treatment. Try losing weight, changing your usual sleeping position, and laying off the alcohol and cigarettes.
These steps can vastly improve your sleep apnea condition and your health overall.
That said, these efforts might not be sufficient for correcting your sleep issues without the help of an oral appliance.
That’s where Dr. Reiter can help!
Oral Appliances Make Life Better
Oral appliances are very comfortable and they feel completely natural in your mouth.
Instead of forcing air down through your windpipe (like a CPAP machine), our oral appliances gently push your lower jaw forward to hold your airway open while you sleep.
Importantly, they keep your tongue out of the way and keep things flowing as they should.
You will likely see an improvement in your sleep apnea symptoms, almost immediately after trying the oral appliance route.
But you will need to come in for a consultation before we will know for sure what is best for your unique situation!
Don’t Hit Snooze On Your Health!
We hope you have been inspired to take back your life! Contact Advanced Dental of Las Cruces today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Reiter!