Did you know that about 90% of individuals with sleep apnea haven’t been diagnosed? This is especially problematic because since sleep apnea can cause several problems with your health. In fact, sleep apnea can cause your brain to get less oxygen and cause problems with your cardiovascular system.
While this is a problem, do you know exactly what sleep apnea is? Essentially, sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in your airway while you sleep. Generally, this blockage is caused when your tongue or muscles droop into your airway. This is problematic because when your airway is obstructed, you may stop breathing.
Fortunately, there are quite a few options you can consider if you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, your dentist can create a customized device that will keep your airway open. This device will let you sleep comfortably and is easy to keep clean. Still, depending on your unique needs, our dentist could recommend a different treatment.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to recognize sleep apnea. If you wake up frequently, consistently wake up tired, or usually have a sore throat when you wake up, you may be dealing with this issue. Similarly, if you are suffering from sleep apnea, you may find it hard to focus or have frequent headaches.
If you’d like more advice, we recommend contacting our team so Dr. John Lohner can give you specific advice. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to give Lexington Heights Dental a call at 801-756-2006. We’re excited to hear from you soon!