If you snore, no one in your home is getting a good night’s sleep, including you! Along with keeping everyone awake, snoring may be an indicator of a condition known as sleep apnea, which can contribute to other major health problems. Here at Desert Dental Group, we are committed to helping you get the rest you need to maintain your health and enjoy a better quality of life.
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep breathing disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. These obstructions prevent the proper flow of air to your lungs and oxygen to your brain, stopping you from getting the rest you need to stay healthy.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Snoring and pauses in breathing
- Sleepiness and fatigue during the day
- Restless sleep
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Falling asleep while driving, working or reading
- Gasping and choking sensations and sounds while asleep
- A sore throat and headaches upon waking
- Depression, anxiety and other mood changes
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty concentrating and memory impairment
Healthy sleep is essential for your well-being, safety and ability to function normally. In fact, your body needs sleep as much as it needs air and food. Sleep apnea contributes to a number of serious medical conditions, including:
- Problems with the central nervous system
- Problems with the immune system
- Problems with the digestive system
- Problems with hormone production
- Heart disease and a weakened cardiovascular system
- Liver problems
- High blood pressure
- Increased blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Impaired memory and difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and depression
- Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- Poor balance
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, we encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible. Our dentists and team will work with you, your physician and any necessary sleep physicians to make a diagnosis and provide you with the treatments you need to improve your sleep and regain a healthy quality of life. Dr. Brett Barney and Dr. Jonathan Hall offer oral appliance therapy to help manage this condition, and we will review all your treatment options with you during your appointments.
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We invite you to contact us at 520-663-0419 to schedule your consultation with our dentists and learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Tucson, Arizona.