Over 900 million people worldwide are affected by sleep apnea. Sleep apnea’s disruptive impact on sleep patterns and oxygen levels in the blood can lead to chronic stress and hypertension. In fact, this condition is one of the key reasons for widespread stress and cardiovascular issues. Fortunately, several solutions are available at Rebecca E. Reeves DMD, PA in Raleigh, NC, where we offer airway dentistry appointments to adults of all ages.
Breathing Easy: How Airway Dentistry Can Transform Your Sleep
This specialized field addresses the connection between oral health and breathing function. It resolves issues related to the airway, particularly obstructive sleep apnea. During your consultation, Dr. Reeves considers factors like tongue posture, palate shape, and jaw development to come up with a viable treatment plan. Once she’s diagnosed your condition, she’ll develop a custom oral appliance that repositions your jaw and tongue and alleviates your OSA.
The device helps maintain an open airway, reducing the risk of breathing disruptions, without disturbing you during the night. Although airway treatments are important in pediatric dentistry since early intervention can prevent craniofacial issues, they are also used on adult patients who have been struggling with sleep apnea for many years.
Why Is Sleep Apnea So Problematic?
Sleep apnea has a disruptive impact on the respiratory system during sleep. One primary issue is the repeated interruptions in breathing, which lead to decreased oxygen levels in the blood. This oxygen deprivation can contribute to cardiovascular problems, including hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease. Additionally, frequent awakenings and disturbed sleep patterns can cause chronic fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and impaired cognitive function.
Moreover, sleep apnea is linked to metabolic issues such as insulin resistance, which can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. The condition also exacerbates existing issues like obesity, as disrupted sleep can disrupt hormonal balance and therefore lead to weight gain. Sleep apnea has been associated with an elevated risk of accidents, particularly while driving, due to daytime drowsiness.
What Changes Will You Notice After Treatment?
After undergoing airway treatment, you will experience notable improvements in your physical well-being. You’ll sleep much better since your breathing will no longer be disrupted during the night. This leads to increased daytime alertness and improved cognitive function. You may also notice enhanced energy levels and an increased capacity for physical activities.
Addressing airway issues supports your cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of related conditions such as hypertension. Improved breathing can also positively impact mood and emotional well-being. In addition, airway treatment may have positive effects on oral and facial development, contributing to a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
With Dr. Reeves‘ help, you can confront your sleep apnea and improve your sleep quality. Sleep appliances have been successful in more than 90% of patients who use them as an alternative to CPAP machines. Get in touch with us now at Rebecca E. Reeves DMD, PA in Raleigh, NC, to learn more about the custom devices we offer.