How Can a Dentist Help Treat Sleep Apnea?

If you constantly feel tired and struggle getting quality sleep, there are a variety of natural remedies that can help you get to sleep and get the rest you need. However, if you feel chronically tired no matter what you try, you may have an underlying sleep disorder keeping you from getting the good sleep you deserve. If you are experiencing sleep apnea, our office may be able to help by fitting you with a customized oral appliance.

woman holding eye glasses in her hand sleeping with a pillow over her head

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep breathing disorder where breathing stops up to hundreds of times throughout the night. There are two forms of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain stops sending regular signals to your body to breathe while you’re asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when throat muscles relax and obstruct your airway while asleep.

What Are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. Other common symptoms include waking up with a dry mouth or headache, gasping or interrupted breathing while asleep, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

How Can We Help?

If you believe you or a loved one has sleep apnea, let us know. We can check for signs that you have sleep apnea and help you get a diagnosis. At Litton Family Dental, we always prefer to start with the least invasive treatment option. Dr. Litton can fit you with an oral appliance that gently shifts your jaw while you sleep to open your airway and ease your breathing.

Don’t waste another day letting poor quality sleep affect your quality of life. To schedule a consultation with our office or to ask us any questions about sleep apnea, contact our office today!

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