At Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark, we often see patients who have been struggling with deficient sleep for months or even years. Some of them are diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition we can treat.
You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”
Some patients are reluctant to pursue professional treatment. This is sad, because sleep apnea negatively impacts their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more difficult for that person, as well.
Protect Your Health
Sleep apnea is a condition where you have frequent, recurring gaps in breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and obstructs the airway. The brain is not getting enough oxygen, which hinders vital biological processes.
For some inexplicable reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea a grave issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological process more vital than that. And dissatisfactory sleep can cause a myriad of serious health troubles. It also affects performance in every area of life; work, recreation, and social activities.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles loosen and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.
Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that enable breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
Both of the previous conditions are present in this type.
If you or a loved one has sleep apnea, we have treatment at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark. An appliance, much like an athlete’s mouth guard, is unobtrusive and effective. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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