Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Prevent Serious Health Concerns
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans each year and can cause significant, serious health concerns. This very serious condition causes nighttime breathing issues and interrupts sleep. Dr. Ann Sielicki can provide effective, non-invasive sleep apnea treatment for patients at their office in Scottsdale, AZ.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is an involuntary interruption in your breathing that occurs as you sleep. Although there are three types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common. OSA is caused by a blocked airway. This blockage usually occurs because of relaxed and collapsed soft tissues in the back of the throat. With these blockages, breathing can be interrupted up to hundreds of times in one night. With each interruption, your brain wakes you enough to signal you to breathe again, which can result in poor quality or fragmented sleep.
Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
- Extremely loud snoring
- Waking with a gasp or choke
- Dry mouth or headache
- Irritability and other mood changes
Many people do not realize they have sleep apnea, and the condition continues and can worsen when undiagnosed. When untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, problems with memory, weight gain, impotence, headache, and even death. If you are suffering from poor sleep quality and suspect sleep apnea is the cause, it is important to get a diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Sleep apnea treatment is able to provide significant and far-reaching benefits that can improve your overall quality of life.
Many patients do not know that they can seek help for sleep apnea as part of a general dentistry procedure. During a regular dental exam, Dr. Sielicki can look at your throat and measure your soft palate and uvula. Patients with an elongated soft palate or enlarged uvula are more likely to have OSA. If either Dr. Sielicki thinks you may be at risk for sleep apnea, they will ask you about your sleep habits and whether or not you snore. They may recommend a sleep study to confirm that you have OSA.
Once you have been diagnosed with OSA, the least invasive treatment is an oral appliance. You will wear the device while you sleep. The purpose of the oral appliance is to set your lower jaw in a forward position to keep your airway open and prevent your tongue and other tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway.
The Life-changing Benefits
Treatment for sleep apnea can restore your ability to get a full night’s sleep, and allow you to wake feeling refreshed and energetic. In addition to improved sleep, treatment is able to provide significant and far-reaching benefits that can improve your quality of life. Treating OSA can prevent other serious concerns that have been linked to sleep apnea, including insomnia, falling asleep while driving, depression, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and even death.
Seek Treatment Today
If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it is important to get a diagnosis and begin treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Sonoran Dental Design can help you sleep better and live longer.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily