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Can Sleep Apnea Be Cured?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic disease that plagues about 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It's not uncommon to see a lot of over-the-counter products as well as several recommendations from supposed experts promising to nip this problem in the bud.

While some products or treatments may work for some people, these solutions may only bring temporary relief, and sometimes they can actually make the problem worse. But can sleep apnea be cured?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist

How would you feel if your dentist asked you about your sleep? For most people, this question would come as a surprise because they may not understand the link between dentists and sleep apnea.

As it turns out, snoring and sleeplessness are two of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Dental professionals are a great resource when it comes to snoring and sleep apnea because they are extremely familiar with the mouth and how your jaw and throat affect your breathing.

What Do Dentists Look for?

Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, is often the first sign of sleep apnea. People who grind their teeth usually have tooth surfaces that appear worn out. Other things that can indicate grinding includes gum recession and inflammation as well as tooth wear and breakage.

Along with grinding, a jaw that appears small, redness of the throat induced by snoring, and scalloped edges of the tongue are also important signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Now that you know your dentist can help you with obstructive sleep apnea, how exactly will he or she go about it?

First of all, your dentist will recommend a sleep study if there's a chance you may be suffering from sleep apnea to confirm the diagnosis.

Dental appliances can then be custom made to combat the problem. These devices are very good at easing symptoms in people who are suffering from mild or moderate OSA.

These oral appliances can include mandibular advancement devices or tongue-retaining devices in some cases. Your dentist will properly examine your condition before recommending a device for your specific case. They'll also work with you closely to ensure these devices work properly to improve your symptoms. If used properly, these oral devices can help individuals overcome the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Why You Should Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea tends to make sufferers gasp for breath. This means sufferers will possibly wake up often during the night. This impacts sleep quality negatively and can also cause fatigue.

The condition is also known to increase the risks of high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

If you think you're at risk or suffering from sleep apnea, schedule a visit or contact us at 425-361-0962.

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