Why Sleep Apnea Treatment Is Important
Snoring is a main symptom or indicator of sleep apnea, and yet that is not really the problem. Sleep apnea is caused when the soft tissue of the palate collapses against the back of the throat. It actually closes your airway, and it is the snorting and gasping of “snoring” that wakes you up and gets you breathing again. It is why those with the condition are so tired and fatigued, but may not even know why.
As your dentist in Amarillo, Dr. Fong wants you to understand that your diagnosis of OSA or obstructive sleep apnea (the most common kind) means your overall health and wellness are at risk. Because sleep apnea actually causes you to stop breathing many times each night, it can lead to a long list of health issues in addition to your daytime drowsiness and mental fogginess. A formal diagnosis automatically makes you a great candidate for sleep apnea treatment.
Of course, to be a good candidate for sleep apnea treatment means being willing to use the treatment. Many patients hesitate to even inquire because they have been told by others that a breathing machine of some kind is the only treatment option. This is not the case, and our patients can be fitted with special, customized oral appliances that hold the mouth in a specific, but comfortable, way that keeps airways open all night.
Does the use of a night guard-like appliance seem like a reasonable solution? If so, you are probably a good candidate for sleep apnea treatment. You will also need to undergo regular checkups to be sure it is an effective answer to this troubling issue. Millions of people have OSA and enjoy improved health and sleep with the same simple solutions we can provide to our patients.
Solve Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance
Are you eager to learn more? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Amarillo, TX office at 806-353-8184. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.