How Important is a Good Night’s Sleep?
Sleep is like the soil that grows good health. It helps reduce stress, can improve your memory, lower blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system. Studies have shown that sleep helps you maintain a healthy weight and even puts you in a better mood. We all know that sleep is valuable, but, sometimes, the value of quality sleep isn’t fully recognized until you’re struggling to get proper rest.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you’re missing out on more than snore-free rest; you’re missing out on good health. OSA causes pauses in breathing lasting up to 10 seconds, hundreds of times each night.
Reduced oxygen intake raises stress on your body and increases your risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular problems
- Heart disease
- Liver problem
An obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to healthy, restorative, sleep. Integrative Dental Solutions can help!
Treating Sleep Apnea at the Dentist
The gold standard in is a continuous positive airway pressure machine or CPAP. The CPAP machine works by keeping the proper amount of pressure on the airway to allow a continuous flow of oxygen throughout the night. Some patients find, however, that CPAP helps them breathe, but it doesn’t help then sleep.
The CPAP Alternative
The noise of a CPAP machine coupled with a cumbersome mask, can make treating OSA a challenge. That’s where Dr. Shetty can help! Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a custom-fitted oral appliance created to reposition your mouth to open your throat and increase airflow.
Dr. Shetty has completed advanced training to provide you a properly fitted, comfortable oral appliance. If you have been diagnosed as having obstructive sleep apnea, and a traditional CPAP machine isn’t giving you the rest you need, you may be a candidate for treatment with a custom-fitted oral appliance.
Contact Integrative Dental Solutions today to schedule a sleep better consultation with Dr. Shetty!