Do you regularly wake up with a sore, dry throat from snoring? Do you also wake up with frequent headaches? Do drag yourself through the day with extreme drowsiness and irritability? If so, you, like many others, quite possibly have a common sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
For people who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, their airways essentially become blocked in their sleep. Sometimes the tongue rolls back into the throat, or the tissues collapse, blocking the airways. Untreated sleep apnea will, over time, put patients at risk for heart disease, liver issues, and high blood pressure.
To properly treat this condition, seeing a sleep physician to run tests and diagnose the sleep disorder, will be necessary. Once the extent of the condition is determined, you can find the right treatment for your needs. At Flatrock Family Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, we provide oral sleep devices for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
These devices can keep the tongue out of the way to keep the airways open and unobstructed and push the jaw forward for continuous access to air. These oral devices are worn over the teeth and are preferred by many over a CPAP machine using masks.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we would like to help. Our dentist, Dr. Christopher Rouse can work with you to get your healthy night’s rest for better sleep, and better health. Please call (864) 297-5268 to receive the treatment you deserve!