Visiting an orthodontist is a good idea if you would like to keep your teeth strong and healthy over a lifetime. With that said, did you know that there are even more reasons to visit your orthodontist than simply ensuring good oral health? There are a wide variety of issues that an orthodontist can help diagnose and treat, and that includes some that you might not even consider. Sleep apnea, for example, is something that you can actually receive help from your orthodontist for. In fact, we can help treat the issue so that you can get to sleep and stay that way safely.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition where your breathing pauses as you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a second or two to several minutes, and they can even occur hundreds or thousands of times while you sleep. Sleep apnea is a chronic issue that can have a real impact upon your ability to sleep well. Every time that your breathing pauses, you usually unconsciously pull yourself out of deep sleep in order to correct the issue. This means that instead of getting hours of deep sleep that can help restore your energy and heal your mind and body, you end up with a night's rest that is commonly disturbed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase you risk of health problems including High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Heart Failure, Diabetes, Depression, worsening of ADHD and Headaches.
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What are some symptoms of sleep apnea?
One of the worst parts about sleep apnea is that it's not really something you tend to discover on your own. You generally don't realize that you are waking up because of pauses in your breathing, and sometimes you do not fully wake up at all. That means that even though you are not getting deep rest, you might also not be waking up enough to recognize that there is a tangible issue disturbing your sleep. With that in mind, you can keep an eye out for a few symptoms that might point to a potential sleep apnea issue.
Watch for changes in your energy levels or your moods. Are you frequently waking up tired in the morning? Do you crave an afternoon nap or an extra cup of coffee to get you through the day? Has someone ever told you that you snore? Do you find yourself falling into a depressive mood without any real cause that you can determine? When we miss out on large amounts of rest, we are more prone to issues like depression, which is why unexplained depression could be be a symptom of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea causes issues with breathing because your airway collapses while you sleep. Dr. Diers can help you find an oral sleep appliance that will help you maintain an unobstructed airway while sleeping. This is a particularly useful option because it is easy to access, is affordable, and is easy to wear. That means that there are no painful exams or investigations involved, nor does the oral appliance hurt while you wear it. You can sleep comfortably!
In order to learn more about the oral appliances we offer and how Dr. Diers can help you get a great night's sleep, give us a call today at (513) 829-4400 to schedule your complimentary consultation!
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