Have you ever heard of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? A common disorder, this could lead to chronic snoring and even issues with your immune system and heart health. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist talks about when to see us, and how we provide a thorough diagnosis with accuracy and precision.
The Causes of OSA
What causes a disorder like this one to develop? The disorder itself means that when you sleep, the soft tissues in your throat and in the back of your mouth end up too relaxed and collapse, cutting off airflow. You stop breathing until the rain wakes you. This cycle could happen hundreds of times each night for some, even if they don’t remember it. The interruptions to the sleep cycle then leads to exhaustion, and could eventually cause problems for your immune system and heart health. Factors vary, but could include issues that restrict airways, such as a deviated septum, or sinus and allergy issues. A large neck circumference is a factor, as is obesity. Excessive alcohol consumption before bed could be a cause as well. While teens and adults of all ages could develop OSA, it primarily impacts men 55 and older.
Warning Signs of Poor Sleep
People with the disorder often report chronic snoring, waking up suddenly gasping or choking for air, dry mouth, headaches, and trouble staying awake during the day. Along with daytime exhaustion, you could feel moody and have trouble concentrating. If one or more of these potential warning signs applies to your experience, then please let us know right away.
To begin, we will need to screen your airways for signs of obstruction. Once we do, the results will be sent to the experts at sleeptest.com. Once your results have been processed, a test will be sent to your home. The device will be simple to use and will monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and other factors as you rest. There will be detailed instructions for the care and use of the device. Once complete. The results will be sent to our team. We then use the information to design and craft a custom sleep appliance, which then helps address your disorder without relying on a loud and cumbersome CPAP machine.
If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea, or about our home tests and appliances, then please contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy a good night’s rest!
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Better Rest
We would like to help you rest easily and avoid the negative impacts of untreated sleep apnea. To learn more about the process of improving how well we sleep, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.