Complications of Sleep Apnea

Complications of Sleep Apnea

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. This not only prevents you and your partner from getting restful sleep, but it can also cause headaches, daytime fatigue, and increase your risk of other health complications. If you’re interested in improving your rest and wellbeing, treatment for OSA might be the first step.

At Comfort Dental Spa, our team of experienced staff and providers can help you find solutions to alleviate symptoms from sleep apnea conditions, so you can avoid complications and reduce the chances of prolonged episodes.

Recognizing sleep apnea

Often, the person to notice symptoms of sleep apnea will not be you, but a roommate or partner who shares a sleeping area with you. People with obstructive sleep apnea often snore, choke, and sputter, not only disturbing their sleep, but that of everyone around them. 

If you live alone, try using a recording app to monitor the sounds you’re making in your sleep. Other notable symptoms of OSA include: 

Common complications

The short-term effects of sleep deprivation can be subtle and insidious, making you short-tempered and tired. However, undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea can lead to more long-term complications, such as: 

Treatment options

First-line treatment for sleep apnea often involves the use of an oral appliance. These are customized devices that you wear while you sleep, which hold open your airway and allow you to breathe easily. 

Depending on the severity of the obstruction and your personal preferences, you might benefit from a specific appliance. At Comfort Dental Spa, we offer the following options:

If your sleep apnea does not improve after conservative treatment, you and your dentist can discuss other options, such as surgery or machine aids. However, many people are able to find relief with removable and fixed appliances, reducing the need for noisy CPAP machines. 

Suffering from sleep apnea? Keeping your partner up at night with you? The team at Comfort Dental Spa can help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and begin suggesting solutions. To schedule a consultation, call 248-306-8753, or book an appointment online

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