Have you been feeling fatigued when you wake up? Has your partner been complaining that you don’t stop snoring? Do you have headaches in the morning? If you’re nodding your head to all these questions, you may have obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which an individual stops breathing periodically throughout their sleep cycles due to throat muscles relaxing and blocking off your airway.
How Can My Family Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
Did you know that obstructive sleep apnea is directly related to your oral health? This is a fact that many people don’t realize! But, a visit to your family dentist if you’re noticing fatigue, dry mouth, headaches, or snoring may unveil some issues with your jaw and mouth that could lead to some of the causes of sleep apnea. If your dentist thinks you may have this detrimental sleep issue, they’ll refer you to a sleep specialist, who can officially diagnose you with sleep apnea. Then you can come back to the office to be fitted with a state-of-the-art oral appliance that is much more comfortable than traditional sleep apnea treatments like a CPAP machine!
What is an Oral Appliance?
Similar to a retainer, or the mouthguard you wore for sports as a child, an oral appliance is fitted to your mouth to prevent the cause of sleep apnea. It positions your jaw in a way that doesn’t allow your airway to close, therefore alleviating the side-effects you’ve been experiencing! It’s less bulky and much more comfortable for most people, making it an ideal long-term treatment solution for a happier, healthier you!
Find a Solution for Your Sleep Apnea Today at Marx Family Dental
At Marx Family Dental your family becomes a part of our family and we take care of family! Your health is important to us, and Dr. Robert Marx, D.D.S specializes in treatment of sleep apnea so we’re ready to help you or a family member if you’ve been diagnosed with this pesky, but treatable condition. Call Marx Family Dental today at (816) 203-0497 to schedule an informative consultation!