Dr. Jack Ringer is past president and accredited fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Your Anaheim Hills cosmetic dentist is also a preferred oral appliance therapy provider who understands the importance of a good night’s sleep.
A well-rested body means a well-rested mind. If you have trouble sleeping because you have obstructive sleep apnea, you can’t function properly.
People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, become grumpy and irritable finding it tough to stay awake during the day. People with obstructive sleep apnea also have a higher risk of falling asleep at the wheel as well. Sadly, most people who have been diagnosed with OSA don’t follow through with therapy leaving it on the nightstand while waking up 30 times every hour unable to breathe.
If you follow Dr. Ringers Blog, you will remember that obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that affects the airways causing them to close up when a person is sleeping. When this happens, the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. Gasping and choking is the brains way of waking you up so you can breathe again.
While surgery is an option for OSA, it isn’t the most successful. CPAP therapy, which involves a machine hooked up to a mask and tube works, as it forces the throat open with continuous air, but is often abandoned.
Your oral appliance therapist in Orange County explains that CPAP therapy has improved over time, but is still more cumbersome than oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea.
Cleaning and transporting the CPAP device is another issue that most users find too much to cope with choosing to leave it at home instead. Using it every occasionally isn’t good for you or your overall health.
People who OSA are in the high-risk category for other health issues as well. Being woken up by your brain 30 times, a night isn’t good for any part of your body, but is especially hard on your heart.
Abnormal heart rhythms also increase the risk of stroke with heart failure being more prominent in people with obstructive sleep apnea.
Moderate to mild OSA sufferers often find relief with oral appliance therapy. Your oral appliance dentist in Anaheim Hills is licensed and preferred helping you choose the best device for your needs as there are several choices available.
Made like a mouthguard, the often hinged oral appliance therapy device is more comfortable than a CPAP device and provides obstructive sleep apnea sufferers with a good night’s sleep.
If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who can’t tolerate CPAP therapy, or is just looking for a change, call and schedule a no obligation oral appliance therapy consultation with Dr. Jack Ringer today.