SLEEP APNEA

Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, and many people who snore loudly or frequently suffer from sleep apnea to one extent or another. Not everyone who snores does have the sleeping disorder, though.

While sleep apnea itself is rarely fatal, it has several undesirable side effects and some of these are serious. The disorder can lead to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Repeated heart attacks

  • Repeated heart failures

  • Repeated strokes

  • Depression

Additionally, people who have sleep apnea are frequently tired even when they get an adequate number of hours of sleep. Since their sleep is continually interrupted, they’re unable to get sufficient deep and restful sleep. To a lesser extent, partners may also be tired if snoring keeps them up.

Orthodontic Causes of Sleep Apnea

In addition to the muscle-related causes of obstructive sleep apnea, this form of the disorder can also be caused by an orthodontic issue. In some patients, the airway isn’t blocked by issues with the throat muscles but instead by one or more of the following orthodontic problems:

  • Tooth misalignment

  • Jaw misalignment

  • Dental arch issue

When an orthodontic issue is causing sleep apnea, the condition requires the expertise of an orthodontic specialist who can recommend a dental device for sleep apnea.

Importantly, residents of Pearland, Memorial, West U and surrounding areas, who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, usually have affordable access to any dental appliance for sleep apnea that they might need. When prescribed and fitted by an orthodontist, insurance often covers part or all of the cost of treatment.

At G Orthodontics, we help families develop healthy, life-changing smiles using customized treatments, cutting-edge technologies, and caring relationships. Our individualized treatment plans help our patients achieve their perfect smile in the quickest, most painless way possible by utilizing a wide range of treatment options. 

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