A dentist can do far more for you than just take care of your teeth. Not only can they help maintain whole-body health by combating periodontal disease, but they can protect you from the life-threatening condition of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your tissues close your airway, choking you and forcing you to awaken. These tissues essentially hang off the jaw and depend on it for support when your muscles relax with sleep. A poorly positioned jaw can contribute to their collapse, while a properly positioned jaw can support them and keep your airway open.
A sleep apnea dentist can fit you with an oral appliance that properly positions your jaw while you sleep, helping to keep your airway open and allowing you to breathe freely all night long. If you have not yet been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep apnea dentist can refer you to a sleep center where you can be tested, or even supply you with an at-home sleep test. Treating your sleep apnea reduces your risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke. And if you are currently using CPAP to treat your mild to moderate sleep apnea, a sleep apnea dentist can show you a more comfortable way to get treatment.
To learn more about how a sleep apnea dentist can help you, please contact IHATECPAP today to talk to a local sleep apnea dentist.