Some researchers estimate that as many as 22 million Americans are living with some level of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. If you've been diagnosed with OSA and are not being treated or you suspect that you have the condition, it is absolutely critical that you seek treatment immediately. But don't worry. Legends Dental can help you get the treatment you need.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which the muscles of the throat relax during sleep and block the airway. OSA can also be caused if the lower jaw is set too far back, which can cause the tongue to fall back and block the throat.
Why Get Treated?
Sleep apnea just makes you tired, right? While sleep apnea does often leave sufferers fatigued, there are far more serious consequences to the condition. Some of those consequences include:
- A greater risk of developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Increased risk of heart attack and heart disease
- A higher chance of having a stroke
- High blood pressure
Sleep apnea can also affect your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and cognition problems. Individuals living with sleep apnea also suffer from mood swings, depression and changes in libido.
When Should You Get Help?
You should get help as soon as you see the signs of a sleep disorder. Early signs of the condition are:
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Waking frequently during the night
- Increased trips to the bathroom at night
- Mood swings
- Daytime fatigue
Who Should You See?
While a doctor may be able to diagnose you, you probably want to choose someone who has a lot of experience in treating obstructive sleep apnea. The dentists at Legends Dental have the training you need to help manage your sleep disorder and stay healthy.
We offer diagnostic testing and procedures to treat the condition that are an alternative to the bulky CPAP machine - which many sleep apnea sufferers avoid because they are loud and make wearers feel claustrophobic.
Are you interested in getting treatment for your sleep apnea, or are you wondering if you have the condition? Give Legends Dental a call today to schedule an appointment at 254-242-0499.
We look forward to hearing from you!