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Dental Sleep Medicine for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t a good thing. In fact, OSA could put the rest of your health in danger. Dental sleep medicine is an excellent remedy.

If you follow the Chittenden Dental Blog, you will remember that Dr. Mike Morris is now licensed to provide patients with dental sleep medicine thanks to extensive hours of continued education.

As a passionate dental provider, it has always been the doctors wish to provide his patients, and potential ones with the most comprehensive care possible.

Dental sleep medicine using oral appliance therapy satisfies that need and is extremely beneficial for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a condition that affects millions of people in America. The sad part about all of that is that over half suffering has no idea that they have a condition that could possibly end their life.

What Causes OSA?

While no one is certain what causes OSA there are a number of factors that could put you or someone you know at risk.

OSA Risks include:

  • Weight, being overweight puts you in the high-risk category
  • Neck size, men anything over 18” women anything over 16”
  • Family history
  • Menopause or post menopause
  • Tonsil and adenoid issues
  • Heavy tobacco and alcohol use

Dr. Morris explains that other people at risk for OSA include those who suffer from systemic disease and those who take over the counter and prescription drugs.

If you live alone, you may not know you have OSA. Sadly, those breathing cessations that can happen up to thirty times every hour; may not be noticed unless witnessed by another person.

Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Cessations in breathing while sleeping
  • Gasping for breath while sleeping
  • Waking up abruptly sometimes 30 times an hour
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Loss in libido
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

CPAP Therapy or Dental Sleep Medicine

Most people know someone who uses a CPAP machine for OSA. While those machines have certainly gotten better over the years, they are not as comfortable as oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

If you are unfamiliar with a CPAP machine it goes on all night and consists of a mask that you breathe through that is connected through a hose and a machine. Just the sound of it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t it?

Dental Sleep Medicine for OSA

If you or someone you know has mild to moderate OSA, call, send a text, or schedule a no obligation dental sleep medicine consultation.

If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea could cause serious problems with your overall health. Dr. Mike Morris from Chittenden Dental is equipped to handle all of your needs, including dental sleep medicine.

Call for a no obligation dental sleep medicine consultation today.

 

 

 

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