Chances are you don’t think about your dentist when you think about sleep apnea. But many sleep disorders cause symptoms that are identifiable in your mouth, leaving your dentist to frequently be the first person to notice that something might be preventing you from getting a good night’s rest. If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Joseph Dastrup, DDS, at Dastrup Dental in Davidson, North Carolina. One quick call to the office or a few minutes using the easy online booking tool is your first step towards getting the quality sleep that you deserve.
Sleep apnea is a condition that prevents you from breathing properly while you sleep at night. People who suffer from sleep apnea have hundreds of episodes a night where they stop breathing entirely. Those periods of breathlessness, called apnea or apneic episodes, can last for anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute.
Nearly 30 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. It’s incredibly dangerous if left untreated, and can lead to:
Even at its most tame, sleep apnea severely interferes with your ability to get a good night’s rest, which can have a persistently negative impact on your mood, appearance, and general health.
The most common cause of sleep apnea is an obstructed airway, which happens when the muscles in your throat relax too much while you sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block your airway. It can also happen if your tongue is too big for your mouth or if your jaw is too small for your tongue.
There are also a number of factors that can increase your likelihood for developing sleep apnea, such as being overweight or sleeping on your back. You’re also more likely to develop sleep apnea as you get older.
Because sleep apnea is a condition centered around the throat and mouth, Dr. Dastrup is able to observe during a regular dental screening if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. One of the more typical signs is a noticeable redness in your throat from snoring, which is a common symptom of the condition.
If Dr. Dastrup suspects that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, he might refer you to a specialist to administer a sleep study. You might be prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to ensure that you’re getting enough oxygen at night, or Dr. Dastrup himself might be able to make you an oral sleep appliance, such as a mouth guard, to help your airway remain open an unobstructed.
Take your first step towards healthy sleep today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dastrup at Dastrup Dental. You can call the friendly office or use the convenient online booking tool.