Living with sleep apnea means a lot of tossing and turning, frequent trips to the bathroom during the night and a lot of snoring. Living with sleep apnea also means very little sleep. But not all hope is lost. If you're living with obstructive sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder, there is hope. It's right here at Legends Dental in Waco, Texas. Here are a few steps to getting good sleep, even with OSA.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a form of sleep disorder that causes frequent interruptions in breathing during sleep. This can happen hundreds of times per night in severe cases. Symptoms of OSA include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for breath
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Changes in libido
  • Teeth grinding

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

If you are living with sleep apnea, the first thing you want to do is seek treatment. We can help with this by fitting you with an oral appliance that puts your jaw in the correct position and stops your tongue from falling back and obstructing your airway. If your condition is severe enough, you may require a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine.

Things that you can do on your own can also help improve the quality of your sleep. Here are a few things we recommend:

Reduce stress levels. Stress and anxiety can contribute to tooth grinding and clenching.

Lose weight. Being overweight or obese can contribute to sleep disorders.

Work out. Adding in yoga and other exercises can help to boost oxygen flow and improve breathing.

Breathe through your nose. Nasal breathing increases the amount of oxygen you take in.

Eliminate or reduce the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol can cause your throat muscles to relax and your sleep apnea to become worse.

Quit smoking. Smoking causes inflammation and swelling of your throat, which contributes to a blocked airway.

Reduce caffeine consumption.

Keep a consistent sleep schedule.

While these tips can help you improve your sleep, you still need to see your dentist to discuss your sleep apnea treatment options.

Sleep apnea is not a harmless condition and can cause serious chronic health problems. Want to learn more about your treatment options? Give Legends Dental a call today at (254) 294-4040 to schedule a consultation.

Covid-19

A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.