What you think of as “just” a tendency to snore could be a sign of something more serious. Difficulties with loud, labored, or otherwise uneven breathing could point to trouble with sleep apnea. This is a condition that can threaten your emotional and physical well-being over time—fortunately, patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can receive care in the form of a custom oral appliance provided at our practice!
OSA is a condition that interferes with your ability to remain at rest throughout the night. Frequent soft tissue interference with your breathing passages forces the body into a wakened state so that the obstruction can be addressed. That disruption intrudes on your rest cycle, restarting it and effectively limiting how much you gain from a night’s sleep. Problems associated with this condition include:
- An increased risk for hypertension, which in turn raises your risk for heart disease and stroke
- Difficulty managing other existing physical or mental health problems
- A lack of energy throughout the day
- Mood changes
- Trouble with short-term memory
- A greater risk for falling asleep at embarrassing or even dangerous times
With a custom oral guard prepared for you, nightly breathing troubles can be halted. Our practice uses advanced imaging technology to capture the measurements of your teeth and oral structures so that your guard is the right shape and size to correct nightly breathing while remaining comfortably in place. Correcting breathing obstructions by correcting the position of your jaw will help you regain better rest without having to adjust to the nightly use of a CPAP machine!
By taking sleep apnea seriously, you protect yourself against a condition that can seriously impact your mood, energy levels, and even your physical health! If you would like to learn more about the role a custom guard can play in treating your OSA, call My Dentist in Londonderry, NH at 603-965-3407.