Did you know that as many as 20% of all U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea that’s mild worse in severity? This is a problem, because sleep apnea can cause several disorders and conditions that result in poor dental health, cardio-vascular problems, insomnia and – in the worst cases – even death.
What’s unfortunate is that there are 2 common reasons that folks don’t get treatment for their sleep apnea until it’s too late. They are:
- Underestimating the dangers of sleep apnea
Plenty of people suffer from the symptoms, like snoring, waking up in the middle of the night and shortness of breath. However, most people assume these problems are all annoying – but mostly insignificant. As a result they don’t get diagnosed or treated.
- A fear of hormonal treatments
Certain kinds of sleep apnea treatments originate in the nervous system. Specifically, central and complex sleep apneas happen for reasons that have nothing to do with your physical breathing system – which means they sometimes require complex, hormonal-based medications to be treated. This is scary to a lot of people for obvious reasons and is the second reason people delay getting diagnosed.
Now, the question is – how can the night guards our clinic provides help you get over sleep apnea once and for all? To understand the answer, let’s start by talking about how “physical” or obstructive sleep apnea happens.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the kind most often characterized by snoring and (sometimes) teeth grinding. It happens because the muscles in your breathing system aren’t “firing” correctly, causing you to, for example, try and breathe while holding your nose.
Like all other forms of sleep apnea, the obstructive kind can cause a multitude of problems. It makes you wake up in the middle of the night, destroying your sleep quality; it can cause snoring, bothering you and those around you; it can even make you grind your teeth, wearing down your enamel and requiring you to get expensive dental treatments later on in life.
Fortunately, obstructive sleep apnea is purely physical – which means that it can be rectified so long as the problematic tissues’ function is corrected. This is exactly what we can help you do with our high-grade, custom-made night guards. Here’s how.
Our Night Guards
Our night guards are different from regular protective sports guards, or even anti-bruxism (grinding) guards. They help your oral muscles relax and fire off in the exact way they’re meant to, making sure that nothing gets in the way of your relaxed, normalized breathing.
Best of all, a night guard made and fitted by a professional dentist fits perfectly, meaning it never slips or causes breathing difficulties. All you need to do is get one from a qualified dentist at a clinic like ours, and you can enjoy a healthy, restful night of sleep without apnea.
If you want to learn more about our guards, and other ways in which we can help you deal with bruxism and apnea, call us anytime at (480) 830-5100 for a free consultation!