Do you find that your sleep at night is less than restful? Does your partner complain about your snoring? You might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. And believe it or not, a trip to the dentist can help you get the full night’s sleep you’ve been missing.
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common sleep disorder that affects people of all ages. It is characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep caused by obstructions in the airway. It is a common cause of snoring, and can contribute to other more serious issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition to snoring, other common signs of OSA include difficulty falling and staying asleep, feeling drowsy during the day, waking with a dry or sore throat or headaches, and personality changes.
At Desert Dental Group, we practice dental sleep medicine in order to treat OSA. Sleep apnea treatment varies depending on its severity and cause. But one of the common treatments we recommend is an oral sleep appliance. This device fits over your teeth and keeps your airway free and clear of obstruction. It can also keep your jaw in an appropriate position. It can help you–and your partner–sleep easier.
Everyone deserves a full night’s sleep, and that includes you. Don’t let sleep apnea get in the way of enjoyable days. To schedule a screening and no-cost consultation with Dr. Brett M. Barney, please call our Tucson, AZ, office today.