Here at Manatee Family Dental, we believe there’s more to patient care than just fixing teeth. Our goal for you is whole-body health. Ultimately, it’s our job to benefit your physical well-being in any way we can, and we believe that one of the first steps in the journey to whole-body health is an effective breathing wellness program.
More than 22 million Americans suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, a condition which studies have shown to be directly correlated to anxiety and chronic fatigue. If left untreated, it can lead to numerous serious health conditions or even early death. If you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing, we may be able to help.
Sleep apnea is typically multifactorial. Failure of the upper and lower jaw to develop properly is one factor of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea has many signs and symptoms—some are so common we ignore them or even consider them normal. The following are a few of the most common signs that you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea:
- Snoring, Mouth Breathing (restricted nasal breathing)
- Chronic Fatigue, Daytime Drowsiness, Dark Circles Under Eyes
- Headaches, TMJ Pain, Grinding Teeth
- Anxiety and Depression, Chronc Allergies/Sinus Infections
- Hypertension, Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroidism, Acid Reflux, Heart Disease, Diabetes
- Weight gain/Loss
There are many treatment options to consider for sleep apnea, including CPAP, surgical intervention, and oral appliance therapy. For patients intolerant to a CPAP, oral appliance therapy is a multi-disciplinary treatment protocol that may treat your symptoms of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing issues.
Sleep apnea affects every aspect of our lives. You’ll be amazed at the difference an effective breathing wellness program can have on your life and the lives of your family. It may reduce fatigue and anxiety, increase productivity, lessen the frequency and severity of headaches—the list goes on and on. Not only does the quality of life improve, but an effective breathing wellness program can reduce the risk of dangerous conditions such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information regarding sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing, talk with your doctor and Dr. Sharp to see if you’re a candidate for treatment.