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A Dental Device to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more than just about snoring. If left untreated, it can cause serious health risks, including death. Here’s what you need to know.

By FRANZ A.D. MORALES
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Are you always tired during the day? Do you wake up with morning headaches and/or a dry mouth? Are you suffering from personality changes or depression? Does your partner or roommate complain of your excessive snoring? Do you suffer from lapses in memory and concentration? If so, then you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea, in a nutshell, is when a person stops breathing during the night, sometimes hundreds of times, which in turn causes the symptoms listed above.

However, many people who suffer don’t even know they have the condition.

Having obstructive sleep apnea treated is more than just about limiting the snores you make at night; it can save your life. For example, the dry mouth you get when you wake up could have negative side effects on quality of life, nutrition, dietary habits, speech, taste, and you get an increased susceptibility to dental cavities and tooth decay.
More serious implications include diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (for women), and a possible increased risk of death due to the strong association of sleep apnea to diseases related to the heart and circulation.

These diseases related to the heart and circulation include high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).

It goes without saying, these risks are too serious to ignore.

If you suspect yourself having obstructive sleep apnea, a visit to Flintridge Dental Studio is strongly recommended, as dentists are able to detect the less evident symptoms just by observing the mouth.

If you do suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, Flintridge Dental Studio uses a simple yet effective way to treat the condition that is a much better alternative to the bulky CPAP machines that is normally used. By using a small dental device you can wear at night, Flintridge Dental Studio assures patients that it can reduce annoying snoring and sleep apnea without surgery or medication.

For the short term, treating snoring and getting a good night’s sleep are just the immediate benefits of the device. For the long term, you also minimize the risks of developing much more serious health implications.

If you wish to have yourself checked for obstructive sleep apnea, please visit http://flintridgedentalstudio.com or you can call (818) 495-4969 for more details.

Flintridge Dental Studio is located at 4542 Rinetti Lane, La Canada, Flintridge.

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