Dentist in Waterford, MI Explains How to Cure Sleep Apnea with Effective Dental Treatment

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

By Dr. Jason Ingber

Everyone has occasional nights where they toss and turn, but chronic sleep deprivation can cause many problems for your health and happiness. Getting not only enough sleep every night but also sufficient high-quality sleep is critical for your overall health and well-being. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serous medical condition that negatively impacts your quality of sleep and can contribute to several major health conditions and even lead to premature death. Dr. Ingber, a dentist in Waterford, MI explains how to cure sleep apnea with effective, non-invasive dental treatment.

Sleep Apnea Explained

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which your airways become blocked while you sleep. This causes your body to become unable to breathe and cuts off the oxygen supply to your brain and organs. This temporary drop in blood oxygen triggers your brain to release adrenaline, which makes you temporarily wake up, jerk your body, snort, or cough. At that point, you breathe deeply and your blood oxygen levels return to normal, but this cycle can repeat many times per night. In some severe cases, these episodes occur up to 30 times per hour! Because of the frequent waking associated with sleep apnea, you are rarely able to obtain deep sleep, which is important for the regeneration of your cells and feeling well-rested.

Aside from making you feel sleepy and fatigued as you go through your work and daily activities, obstructive sleep apnea can cause several major health problems due to the chronic lack of oxygen while you sleep. The risks to your health from sleep apnea include, among others:

  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic fatigue

If you share a bed with someone, the sounds of you waking throughout the night likely cause their sleep and health to be negatively impacted as well.

Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

One of the leading causes of obstructive sleep apnea is the blockage of your airways due to your tongue and soft tissues of the mouth relaxing when you fall asleep and then partial obstructing your airway. Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated with a CPAP machine, which uses an uncomfortable face mask attached to a loud machine to keep your airway open while you sleep. Fortunately, this type of machine is not always necessary anymore due to the latest advances in dental technology. After you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can consult with you on whether dental treatment is a good choice for you.

Dental treatment for sleep apnea consists of a non-invasive, comfortable dental appliance that is custom-fitted to your mouth. You wear the appliance only at night while you are sleeping, and it keeps your mouth and tongue in an optimal position to keep your airways open and maintain a steady flow of air.

Start sleeping better and regain your health and quality of life with dental treatment for your sleep apnea. Your bed partner will also appreciate it! Call Metro Imaging Center in Waterford, MI for a consultation on your symptoms and possible treatment options today.