How Can Dentists Help Treat Sleep Apnea?

Many people have heard of sleep apnea, but know little about the condition. Others think the only real side effect of sleep apnea is loud (often annoying) snoring. Unfortunately Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition, one that can have negative repercussions on many aspects of a person’s life. From daytime tiredness and difficulty concentrating, to irritability and depression, these are just a few of the common symptoms of sleep apnea. High blood pressure and heart problems can also be caused or worsened by sleep apnea. Fortunately, your dentist may be able to help address your OSA, leading to better rest and improve overall health. So if you think you could be struggling with OSA, it is time to schedule an appointment with a dentist that specializes in sleep apnea treatment.

CPAP Machines Make Breathing Easier

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy has become one popular way of treating OSA. This treatment involves using a CPAP machine designed to help increase a person’s air pressure, in order to prevent the airway from collapsing as one sleeps. These machines send air through a tube and mask into the throat, using a pump system which can be highly effective at preventing OSA.


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