Sleep apnea is a progressive condition that affects not just your oral health, but your overall well-being and quality of life. Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly underdiagnosed condition that could cause detrimental affects to your health. A growing concern in Americans, it is important to seek help for OSA as soon as possible. What many patients do not realize is that their dentist may be able to help. Charlotte, NC dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp offers complimentary consultations and oral sleep appliance therapy to help patients manage their sleep apnea.
Treating sleep apnea can not only improve your mood, increase your energy and help you focus, it can save your life. Patients who do not treat their sleep apnea are at a higher risk for heart attacks, obesity, and strokes.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects patients while they are sleeping. Soft tissue relaxes and blocks the patient’s airway cutting off the oxygen flow to the body. Patients typically wake suddenly gasping for air many times a night. Many patients who snore also have sleep apnea, while that is not always the case.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is by visiting Dr. Van Gurp for a complimentary consultation. A thorough health exam and sleep study can determine if a course of treatment will be necessary. There are some common signs however, that may indicate that you should visit our Charlotte dentist office.
You may have sleep apnea if you:
- Snore loudly or gasp for air while sleeping
- Feel tired or groggy in the morning, despite enough hours of “rest”
- Difficulty concentrating, feeling sleepy during the day
- Irritability, depression
- Restless sleep, frequent waking during the night
To learn more about risk factors and treatment options Dr. Van Gurp offers for sleep apnea, visit our website dedicated to OSA.
How does Dr. VanGurp treat sleep apnea?
Dr. VanGurp offers custom oral sleep appliances for patients diagnosed with OSA. A discreet and comfortable alternative to the CPAP machine, oral sleep appliances can help keep the airway open while the patient sleeps. A comprehensive exam will determine if the sleep appliance is the best treatment for the patient.
If you snore, feel groggy constantly, or wake with headaches every morning, contact the Charollette, NC dentist office of Dr. VanGurp. Treating sleep apnea can help you enjoy a better quality of life and can prevent the development of advanced health concerns. Contact us at (704) 746-3160 or request an appointment online. Or visit our Sleep Apnea website dedicated to OSA.