Do you wake up with a sore, dry throat from snoring all night? Are you left with recurrent headaches after a poor night’s sleep? Have you noticed yourself feeling extraordinarily drowsy in the mornings, or found yourself becoming increasingly fatigued and irritable? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you may have a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked while you sleep as the tongue falls back into your throat while you sleep. Having sleep apnea and leaving it untreated will, over time, affect your overall health, and not in a good way. In fact, untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of heart disease, liver issues, and a rise in your blood pressure.
To diagnose this sleep disorder, you will need to see a sleep physician. Once the cause and extent of your sleep apnea are determined, you can seek the best treatment for your needs. At Shoals Smile by Design in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, we offer dental sleep devices for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea oral devices work by keeping the jaw forward or the tongue out of the way to keep the airways open, or unobstructed. The device fits over your teeth and many patients prefer a dental device over a CPAP machine.
You don’t have to let sleep apnea destroy your health. Our dentist, Dr. Jamine Rogers is ready to help you get a good night’s sleep and improve your health in the process. We invite you to call us today at 256-314-0676 and speak to one of our caring team.