Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea effects an estimated 22 million Americans, and that estimate continues to grow. Sleep apnea is essentially a partial or complete blockage of your intake of air during sleep. This reduction of oxygen, over time has a negative effect on the body. It’s been linked to some pretty serious issues if left untreated, like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, auto accidents, diabetes, depression, and more. Some of the risk factors for this include being male, being overweight, and also being over 40 years old, but it’s not restricted to just those criteria. Children can also suffer from the harmful effects of this widespread issue.
Sleep apnea is a little known issue among the general population, and often goes undiagnosed, and therefore not treated, even though the resulting issues from lack of treatment can be quite severe. We all need a good night sleep for our bodies to recover from day to day wear and tear – both mental and physical. When you stop breathing in the middle of the night, it disrupts your sleep which, in turn, interrupts the restorative qualities that sleep gives you. Many people misdiagnose themselves as they don’t even think about sleep apnea as something that could effect them. Headaches, memory issues, heart problems, and other effects of sleep apnea are often just chalked up as individual issues without consideration of the root cause of them. Sleep apnea can be diagnosed, and there is treatment for it.
Dr. Lynch has received training from the Las Vegas Institute on the effects of sleep apnea and how to combat it. Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are caused because of the collapsing of soft tissues or the tongue into your airway. This blocks the airway and keeps you from getting the proper oxygen you need from normal breathing. The partial blockage also causes you to try to force air in past the tongue and soft tissue, creating the sounds we would describe as “snoring”, as the soft tissues vibrate in the back of the mouth.
At Dental Care Burke, Dr. Lynch can create a small, clear appliance that is worn at night which works to gently move the lower jaw slightly forward and hold it in place. This, in turn, moves the soft tissues away from the back of the throat and allows proper airflow to occur. This is a simple way for anyone suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea to greatly increase their quality of sleep. Getting more sleep will reduce the general fatigue, headaches, and sluggishness which occur as a result of lack of oxygen and restful sleep.
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or want to stop snoring, this dental appliance may be just what is needed to get your sleep back on the right track.
Call our office today at (703) 596-1555, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lynch and find out how our sleep apnea appliances can help create a healthier, more alert and rested you.