Did you know that approximately 60% of men and 40% of women snore? Snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, but it’s often a serious symptom.
If you wake up feeling like you didn’t rest, or if you experience excessive tiredness during the day, if your partner complains of your loud snoring, or expresses worry because you’ve stopped breathing, you might need to visit OHIOSmiles for some screenings. Denise Antalis, DDS is highly trained in the recognition and dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that has even been known to cause sudden death. Denise Antalis, DDS is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and participates in continuing education courses on obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Antalis is highly trained and is a member of The American Sleep Academy. You may need to visit us for a consultation.
Studies have revealed that sleep apnea is closely associated with people with weight issues. Furthermore, being overweight presents patients with an increased risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, and type 2 diabetes. It is, therefore, a significant health concern when one is suffering from sleep apnea due to weight issues. However, it is important to note that being overweight is not a requirement to have sleep apnea. You can still be physically fit and still suffer from sleep apnea conditions.
Snoring isn’t the only problem that sleep apnea causes. The real problem begins when the snoring stops—and along with it your breathing. Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night, sometimes for minutes at a time. This leads to a lack of oxygen which can contribute to a variety of serious health risks, including stroke, heart attacks, and even cancer. The heart also has to work harder, interrupting quality sleep. Just imagine how hard it is to get through the day with all of that going on at night! Treating sleep apnea can help to prevent these issues.
An oral appliance is a device that is made to be worn in your mouth while you sleep. It fits over your teeth, much like a sports mouthguard. The device, which is made from an impression of your mouth, works to keep your mandible in a forward position, preventing it from falling back while you sleep. An oral appliance works to prevent your oral tissues from sliding back into your throat and blocking your airway.
To learn more about sleep apnea, contact OHIOSmiles at (740) 781-0540.