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Sleep Apnea Therapy in Denton

tired womanIf you want to enjoy life to the full, it’s important that you get enough rest. Sleep helps us function better. It gives us energy, stabilizes our mood, and aids our concentration on a day to day. It also plays an important role in overall health. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a devastating disorder that snatches away high-quality rest and can lead to serious long-term consequences.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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When soft tissues at the back of the mouth, such as the palate or the tongue, relax too much during sleep, they can block airflow and cause an “apnea,” which is a short period when a person is not breathing. Breathing resumes after a few seconds with a loud gasp or jerk. The number of apneas that a person experiences each night indicates whether they have mild, moderate, or severe OSA.

OSA makes it difficult, perhaps even impossible, for its victims to get into a deep sleep. Therefore, they may experience daytime fatigue and drowsiness, trouble concentrating, mood swings, slowed reaction times, and other unpleasant consequences.

Other symptoms of OSA include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Regularly waking up with a headache or sore throat
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia

If OSA remains untreated for long enough, it can lead to serious system health problems. It has been linked to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Uncontrolled blood sugar
  • Cancer

Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

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There is a common stereotype around sleep apnea. Many people believe that only overweight, elderly men suffer from this condition. While advanced age and excess weight do increase the chances that a person will develop OSA, anyone can suffer from it. Even some young athletes develop OSA, and their performance on the field suffers because of it.

If the symptoms of sleep apnea sound all too familiar to you, it’s a good idea for you to talk to your physician about what you’re going through. They can arrange for you to undergo a sleep test, wherein you’ll spend the night in a lab while machines monitor your breathing.

Treating Sleep Apnea

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If you discover that you have sleep apnea in Denton, your doctor might recommend that you begin to use a CPAP machine, which uses air pressure to help you breathe at night. However, many people find that a CPAP machine is uncomfortable and inconvenient. Some folks with mild to moderate sleep apnea may be eligible for a simpler treatment.

Your dentist in Denton can provide you with a custom oral appliance that is designed to gently move the jaw forward. This repositioning prevents the soft tissue at the back of your mouth from obstructive airflow, allowing you to fully enjoy your time in dreamland. Soon after you begin treatment, you should start to have more energy and notice other positive effects that can only sweet sleep can bring.

If you are interested in learning more about how a custom oral appliance may be able to help you reclaim your shuteye, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dunson.