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The Hidden Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a common but often overlooked sleep disorder that can significantly impact your health and quality of life. At Buford Family Dental, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and offering effective solutions, such as oral appliance therapy, to ensure our patients enjoy a restful, safe night’s sleep. In this blog, we’ll explore the potential consequences of leaving sleep apnea untreated and how our practice can help.

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the night. These interruptions, known as apneas, can occur dozens or even hundreds of times per night, significantly disrupting sleep patterns and decreasing oxygen levels in the blood.

The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when the muscles in the throat relax excessively during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway. While snoring is a well-known symptom, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not all individuals with sleep apnea snore loudly.

The Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea poses serious risks to your health. Here are some of the complications associated with the condition:

  1. Heart Problems and High Blood Pressure: OSA can lead to higher blood pressure and strain on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and arrhythmias.
  2. Daytime Fatigue: The repeated awakenings associated with sleep apnea make normal, restorative sleep impossible, leading to severe daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability.
  3. Complications with Medications and Surgery: Untreated sleep apnea can lead to complications with certain medications and general anesthesia. People with sleep apnea may be more likely to experience complications after major surgery because they’re prone to breathing problems, especially when sedated and lying on their backs.
  4. Mental Health Issues: Lack of sleep can contribute to a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment.
  5. Poor Immune Function: Sleep helps support the health of your immune system. Chronic sleep deprivation can weaken your body’s ability to fight off infections.

Oral Appliance Therapy: A Comfortable Alternative to CPAP

At Buford Family Dental, we understand that while Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are a common treatment for sleep apnea, they’re not suitable for everyone. Many patients find CPAP machines uncomfortable, noisy, or inconvenient, leading to low compliance rates.

As an alternative, we offer oral appliance therapy, which uses a custom-fitted device, similar to a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer, worn during sleep. This appliance works by slightly repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to keep the airway open, promoting adequate air intake and reducing or eliminating the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Why Choose Buford Family Dental for Your Sleep Apnea Treatment?

At Buford Family Dental, we prioritize your health and comfort. Our team, led by experienced dental professionals, is dedicated to providing personalized care to address your unique needs.

Here’s why you should consider oral appliance therapy with us:

  1. Customized Treatment: We create custom-fitted oral appliances designed specifically for your mouth for maximum comfort and effectiveness.
  2. Non-Invasive Solution: Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive treatment option without the need for surgery or the discomfort of wearing a CPAP mask.
  3. Convenient and Portable: Unlike bulky CPAP machines, oral appliances are small, lightweight, and easy to transport, making them ideal for travel.
  4. Quiet and Discreet: Oral appliances operate silently and are virtually invisible, offering a discreet solution to sleep apnea.
  5. Professional Support: Our team provides ongoing support, adjustments, and follow-up care to ensure your treatment is successful.

If you or a loved one is struggling with the symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t wait to seek treatment. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues, but with Buford Family Dental, you have access to comfortable and effective alternatives to CPAP. Contact us today to learn more about oral appliance therapy and take the first step towards a healthier, more restful night’s sleep.

Posted on behalf of Buford Family Dental

4536 Nelson Brogdon Blvd., Building A
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: Call 678-730-2005

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