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An oft-misdiagnosed oral health disorder is that of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when your regular breathing patterns become disrupted during sleep, either by restricted airflow or when signals from your brain to breathe fail to reach the muscles required for breathing.

Common risks for sleep apnea include being over 40 years of age, overweight, having enlarged tonsils or tongue, a predisposition due to genetics, a deviated septum, or even allergies and sinus problems. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can cause a variety of problems, including stroke and heart attacks. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be treated. Listed below are some treatment methods:

– Your sleeping customs could be a contributing factor to your sleep apnea. The location in which you sleep and how much you toss and turn at nights could affect, cause, or contribute to the sleep disorder.

– If you have sleep apnea, there are strategies that can open your airway, including a CPAP, also called a continuous positive air pressure device, which can open airways through your nasal passages.

– There are oral health care products for sleep apnea that can keep your airway open as you sleep.

– There are surgical options which can be used to prevent sleep apnea from occurring.

There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, which is brought on by a blockage in the airway, and central sleep apnea, which is caused by failed signals from your brain to your breathing muscles. We offer oral appliance therapy to help our patients suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea. This custom-made oral appliance is worn while you sleep, ensuring that your airway stays open and free of obstruction.

If you are in need of a treatment for sleep apnea, you can schedule an appointment with our team at Orthocare Systems Orthodontics at our dentist office in St. Louis, Missouri. To schedule a visit with Dr. E. Glenn Glassman and our team, please us at 314-739-8888. We look forward to helping you get the quality of sleep you deserve!