At Smiles for Life we are dedicated to helping our patients enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. However, our dental services extend far beyond the mouth. We see oral health as an important factor in a patient’s overall health and well being. This is why we offer comprehensive services that benefit our patient’s entire physical and mental wellbeing. This includes treatment for sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that can diminish a patient’s quality of life and increase the risk of numerous health problems.
The health benefits of sleep apnea treatment are overwhelming for our Bridgewater, VA patients. With effective sleep apnea treatment, patients can enjoy their lives feeling rested and refreshed, while minimizing their risks of health complications.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person’s sleep to be continuously interrupted throughout the night. Sleep is interrupted because the patient experiences pauses in breathing. These interruptions in breathing usually last for 10 seconds or more, and occur thirty or more times an hour. While most patients are not initially aware they suffer from sleep apnea, this condition can result in many side effects, including headaches, a constant feeling of exhaustion, irritability, and depression.
Treating Sleep Apnea
The dental team at Smiles for Life works alongside certified sleep specialists and primary care physicians to offer our patients effective sleep apnea treatment. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructed sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA is caused by a blockage of the airways. Most mild to moderate cases of OSA can be effectively treated with a simple splint that is worn while the patient sleeps. This holds the jaw in proper alignment and ensures that airways remain open. For more severe cases of OSA, we offer CPAP therapy. This involves the use of a mouthpiece that provides continuous positive airway pressure, or a steady flow of air, while the patient sleeps.
Health Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep is a vital aspect of preserving good overall health. It is not only the quantity of sleep that is important, but also the quality. With sleep apnea treatment, patients can restore a good, full night’s rest. This offers a number of health benefits, including the following:
- Reduced risk of heart disease, including congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)
- Reduced risk of stroke
- Prevention of high blood pressure
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Improved concentration, alertness, and decision-making skills
- Better emotional stability, including a decreased risk of depression
Overall, sleep apnea treatment improves a patient’s quality of life and allows them to work, drive, and function with a well-rested mind and body. Additionally, high quality rest preserves physical health and aids in the prevention of a number of medical conditions.
Schedule an Appointment
If you snore, wake in the morning feeling unrested, or suffer from frequent headaches, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. To learn more about this condition and how it can be treated, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Smiles for Life.