The Health Risks Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Snoring / Sleep Apnea Solutions 1 Leawood, KS | S & G Family Dentistry, P.A.

If you snore heavily and frequently, you may be annoying your partner or keeping them from sleeping, but you could also be affecting your overall health as well. To ensure that your snoring is not a more serious condition, call S&G Family Dentistry at 913-945-1612 to book an evaluation and a sleep apnea treatment if necessary.

We offer a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages at our Leawood, KS dentist office. But we also provide treatments that you might not expect from a dentist, like custom-made oral appliances that help open up your airway while you sleep.

Sleep apnea treatment can improve your sleep and much more. When you consider that you spend about a third of your life sleeping, it’s no wonder that the quality of sleep you get can also have wide-ranging effects on your overall quality of life. With our help, you could snooze better, feel more alert during the day, and enjoy many other benefits of sleep apnea treatment!

For your convenience, we offer some flexible morning hours that a lot of other dental offices do not. Along with some of the more standard hours you might expect, we also open our office early at:

  • 8:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays
  • 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays

Know The Risks Of Ignoring Your Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that results in brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. The severity of sleep apnea can range somewhat from patient to patient. There are two kinds of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, which causes the airway to be blocked by the tongue or throat muscles, making it impossible for the patient to breathe
  • Central sleep apnea, which is caused when the brain does not send the necessary signals to your muscles to get you to breathe

When you are not breathing properly during sleep, your body is denied the amount of oxygen required to function properly and healthily. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause or contribute to many major health problems because your brain and blood are not absorbing enough oxygen. Here are just a few of the conditions that sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Worsening ADHD
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure and/or stroke
  • Heart attacks
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart failure

Obviously, the afflictions in the list above are nothing to gloss over. We don’t want to frighten you, but we also don’t want you to underestimate how serious sleep apnea can be.

To ensure you get the care you need if you have sleep apnea, we have a highly qualified team member at S&G Family Dentistry. Dr. Nancy Addy is a credentialed Board Member and Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and she has been treating sleep apnea for over two decades.

If you think you have sleep apnea, we will provide a sleep study that you can take home instead of having to go to a lab to have one done. You’ll use it one night and then bring the device back to us for analysis. If you’re not sure if you have sleep apnea or not, here are a few potential symptoms that you can look out for:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Headaches when you first wake up
  • Difficulty maintaining your focus during the day
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Having trouble staying awake while driving
  • Dry mouth and/or throat
  • Suddenly waking in the night feeling as though you are gasping for air

If we determine that you do have sleep apnea, we will take a precise impression of your mouth to create a custom oral appliance. These look a lot like an athletic mouthguard and are designed to slightly shift your jaw while you are sleeping to help open up the airway and allow you to breathe normally.

Because every sleep apnea treatment is custom-made for each patient, they are very comfortable. Compared to other treatments for sleep apnea, like CPAP machines, they are also very convenient because they are travel-friendly, do not make any noise, and do not require any power to work.

Don’t put up with heavy snoring and unhealthy pauses in breathing when you sleep. If you think you are showing symptoms of a sleeping disorder, call S&G Family Dentistry at 913-945-1612 to book a consultation for a sleep apnea treatment. You can also swing by our conveniently located Leawood, KS dentist office in person or use our handy online form to book.

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