Sleep Apnea and how Your Dentist can Help

Sleep apnea can prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Since sleep is so important to your health and productivity, it's important that you know how to spot the symptoms and know what can be done. Here is some helpful information about sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is characterized by nightly episodes where a person stops breathing for a period of 10 second or longer. It can be very dangerous and has a few noticeable symptoms.
How can You Spot It?
Someone with sleep apnea rarely remembers waking up from the disorder, but there are a few noticeable signs. If you have frequent morning headaches, daytime sleepiness and impaired mental or emotional functions, these can be signs of sleep apnea.
How can Your Dentist Help?
After you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist may be able to help. You can get a dental appliance that will reposition your jaw to improve airflow while sleeping. It typically looks very similar to an athletic mouthguard.
Don't let sleep apnea put you at risk for other medical conditions. If you are not getting a full night's sleep, then you can feel it in your day-to-day activities. Call Wasson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 828-274-2815 to find out more about sleep apnea and dental help for this condition.