If you suffer from sleep apnea, you know how hard it can be to get a good night's rest. Constantly waking up during the night because you struggle to breathe can take a toll on your mental and overall health.
But, did you know that your dentist might be able to help you sleep better?
If you are now wondering what seeing your dentist has to do with your sleep apnea, keep reading to find out!
Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Life?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing for a few seconds multiple times throughout the night. This interruption in breathing can happen dozens or even hundreds of times each night, leading to fragmented sleep and daytime fatigue.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can harm your health, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. It can also affect your mental health and lead to low energy, mental fog, and even depression.
How Can a Night Guard Help?
Most people think of night guards as devices that can prevent them from grinding their teeth at night. But, they have an added benefit too.
Because they hold your jaw in a slightly forward position, they can also help keep your airway open and prevent snoring and sleep apnea.
We usually recommend night guards for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Benefits of Using a Night Guard for Sleep Apnea
Here's why you should consider a night guard to help with your sleep apnea:
- Better sleep quality: A night guard can help reduce the number of times you wake up during the night. This can lead to more restful sleep and improved daytime alertness.
- Non-invasive treatment: Unlike other treatments for sleep apnea, such as surgery or a CPAP machine, a night guard is non-invasive and easy to use.
- Reduced snoring: Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Because it keeps your airways open, a night guard can help reduce or even eliminate snoring.
- Lower blood pressure: Sleep apnea is associated with numerous health issues, including high blood pressure. Because you are resting better at night, your blood pressure decreases.
- Reduced risk of complications: Sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Using a night guard can help improve your overall health.
Is a Night Guard Right for You?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suspect that you may have the condition, you can ask Dr. Richard Donkersgoed if a night guard may help with this condition. He will provide the best advice based on your specific needs.