Get your health back on track with sleep apnea treatment in indianapolis

Get your health back on track with sleep apnea treatment in Indianapolis

It’s been said that no one ever died from lack of sleep, but current information on sleep disorders may be disproving that old adage. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by chronic snoring, shallow breathing, pauses in breath, and snorting, jerking, or choking. It interrupts the sleep of about 22 million Americans and their bedmates (sometimes everyone in the house!).

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This condition can have serious health implications including: High blood pressure and heart problems – Blood oxygen levels drop suddenly during apnic episodes. Those repeated fluctuations increase risk of hypertension, stroke, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and other vascular diseases. Patients with underlying heart problems are more likely to experience a cardiac event during an apnic episode.

  • Liver problems – The livers of sleep apnics often indicate signs of scarring, and liver function tests show abnormal results.
  • Fatigue – Sleep apneics are often drowsy during the day, and fall asleep at inappropriate times. That increases chance of involvement in a work or vehicular accident. It also has a negative impact on mood, productivity, and behavioral problems.
  • Cognitive impairment – Memory problems, lack of focus, and persistent morning headaches are common symptoms.
  • Weight gain – Those with sleep apnea are often obese.
  • Sexual dysfunction – A decreased interest in sex is common.
  • Medical complications – Sleep apneics are more likely to have breathing problems when sedated for surgery, and the condition can be a concern when taking medications that have a side effect of drowsiness.
  • Depression – Who wouldn’t be depressed by all of those health impediments and the anxiety of a sleep-deprived partner?

Do you suspect you have sleep apnea or have you already been diagnosed by a physician? You may think that a bulky CPAP machine is your only alternative. However, a discreet oral appliance, customized for comfortable fit, could bring you effective relief from sleep apnea. This small device keeps your tongue depressed and holds your jaw slightly open and forward to keep the airway clear. You breathe easier and sleep more soundly. Over time, your body gets back to normal circadian rhythms vital for cellular renewal. 

Isn’t it time to get back to healthy, regular rest that allows your body and mind to rejuvenate? Washington Street Dentistry can help! Call us today at (317) 333-6788 to learn more about regaining sound sleep through dentistry.

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