Sleep apnea is an increasingly common health concern that can have severe consequences. At Brightside Family Dental, Dr. Mistry offers non-invasive sleep apnea treatment in the form of custom-made night guards.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders in America. While millions of people suffer from apnea every year, the condition commonly goes undiagnosed.
Sleep apnea is most often characterized by continual pauses in breathing during sleep, caused by a combination of your muscles relaxing during sleep and gravity pulling your airway closed. Sleep apnea can lead to several more serious health conditions including hypertension, memory loss, mood change, weight gain, and severe fatigue.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?
Because one of the most prominent symptoms of sleep apnea is heavy snoring, it can often be mistaken for this simple issue. In addition to heavy snoring, patients who suffer from sleep apnea regularly experience symptoms like:
- Periodic loss of breath while sleeping
- Struggling to breathe while sleeping
- Lack of energy
- Headaches when waking up in the morning
- Constant Fatigue, even after hours of sleep
- Weight gain
- Dry throat
- Irritability and mood swings
If these symptoms sound familiar, Dr. Mistry can provide a thorough sleep apnea screening to help you identify the cause of your discomfort.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million people have sleep apnea in the United States alone. Those who suffer from this condition are at a higher risk for the following medical issues, among others:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Worsening ADHD
What Treatments Are Available For Sleep Apnea
At Brightside Family Dental, Dr. Mistry is uniquely qualified to help patients who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. He completed a sleep medicine residency and offers specialized care when it comes to this common condition. From checking for enlarged tonsils or an enlarged tongue, to assessing your patterns and habits related to sleep, Dr. Mistry has the expertise to deliver an ultra-thorough sleep apnea assessment.
After your screening, you can discuss your treatment options with Dr. Mistry, including a CPAP machine, custom-fitted oral appliance, oral surgery, and lifestyle changes to reduce the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms and help you get more restful sleep.
Our Chapel Hill dental office crafts custom oral appliances that are specially designed to open airways during sleep. Generally, patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea prefer oral appliances over bulky CPAP machines. No matter what form of sleep apnea treatment you prefer, our team will be there to coordinate your care and support you every step of the way!
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Screening
You don't have to suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea! Contact Brightside Family Dental to schedule your sleep apnea screening today.