“An estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.” – American Sleep Apnea Association
Our goal as dentists in Visalia, CA, is to help diagnose sleep apnea patients and offer options so they can find a way to obtain a good night’s rest.
If your sleep is disturbed because of abnormal pauses in breathing or occurrences of unusually low breathing during sleep, you may have sleep apnea. The word “apnea” is literally defined as “without breath.”
A few indications of sleep apnea are:
- Frequent headaches
- Teeth grinding/clenching
- Daytime sleepiness
Lacking Sleep Dangers
When is the last time you slept the recommended full eight hours? Unfortunately, if you continue an unhealthy routine of sleepless nights, the following consequences may be a result:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Memory lapses
- Weight gain
Oral Device Support
Most people have heard of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine assists a person with sleep apnea to breathe regularly and without difficulty during sleep. Another option available is a mandibular advancement appliance which is a device worn at night to keep airways open during the night. With the device, the lower jaw is moved forward, creating a space in the back of the throat to keep the mandible and tongue from falling back.
If your countless sleepless nights are finally catching up with you, it may be a good idea to visit our practice before your sleep disorder worsens. As one of the top dentists in Visalia, Dr. Michael Bodensteiner is skilled in the field of sleep apnea and would love to help you achieve a better night’s sleep tonight! Schedule your appointment now.