If you’re feeling groggy throughout the day, seeing a dentist might not be the first idea that comes to mind. But if your grogginess is a result of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects some 18 million people nationwide, a trip to Grove City Dental may be just the cure you’re seeking.
Commonly referred to as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea is a condition wherein the soft tissues of the throat weaken and collapse repeatedly during sleep. This blocks the airway, leaving a victim unable to breath for periods that can last from 10 seconds to more than a full minute. In fact, the term “apnea” is derived from a Greek word meaning “want of breath.”
If you’ve got moderate to severe sleep apnea, you could experience this interruption in breathing literally hundreds of times in a single night. Each one mean a rapid drop in your blood oxygen levels, which can do a real number on your body’s organs, particularly your heart and blood vessels. Plus, each time you stop breathing, your brain senses an oxygen lack and kicks your body into wakefulness or semi-wakefulness to restore normal breathing. This is what leaves you groggy the next day. And that grogginess can affect your ability to concentrate, work or drive safely.
Besides the risk of nodding off behind the wheel, OSA also can boost your risk for a slew of lasting health issues including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Memory impairment
- Decreased sex drive
According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, cardiovascular problems related to obstructive sleep apnea cause upward of 38,000 deaths each year in America. And, statistics show that OSA sufferers are four times more likely to experience a stroke and six times more likely to die in an automobile accident than are those without the condition.
Fortunately, relief is as close as a phone call to Grove City Dental, where Dr. Scott Schumann can outfit you with a custom oral appliance designed to gently reposition the tongue and jaw to help keep your airway open while you sleep – No bulky and uncomfortable CPAP device necessary. Don’t lose another wink of sleep. Call 614-808-1700 and schedule a consultation today.