Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, affects an estimated 18 million people in the US, but many people go years without receiving treatment. They live with daily fatigue and other symptoms, accepting poorer quality of life and higher risks to their health. If you are diagnosed with OSA, it is vital to get the treatment you need. Here are six excellent reasons to seek treatment for your sleep apnea and why it may be easier than you think.
- Improved Energy
If you constantly feel tired or fatigued, it is not surprising. If you have OSA, you are not getting deep sleep needed to rejuvenate your brain and body. OSA treatment can help increase your energy levels, brain focus and overall performance, at work and doing the activities you enjoy.
- Quiet Your Snoring
Does your spouse or sleep partner complain about your snoring? Most people with OSA also have chronic snoring. Using oral appliance therapy can effectively treat both OSA and chronic snoring so everyone in your bedroom gets better sleep.
- Boost Your Metabolism
Did you know sleep disorders like OSA can impact your metabolism? It is called metabolic syndrome and it has been linked to OSA. Not only are you more likely to have OSA if you are overweight, it can be harder to lose weight if you are not getting treatment for your sleep apnea.
- Reduce Your Risk for Serious Health Conditions
OSA is linked to serious health issues. Strokes, heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, depression and many other health issues are associated with OSA. Treatment can reduce your risk and improve your overall health.
- Protect Your Teeth and Jaw
Sleep bruxism (nocturnal teeth grinding) and TMJ/TMD have been linked to OSA. Those with untreated OSA may be more likely to grind their teeth and cause damage to their smile. Those with OSA are also more likely to have symptoms of TMJ/TMD, disorders involving the jaw joint. With OSA treatments like oral appliance therapy, you can protect your health and smile from OSA, bruxism and TMD.
- CPAP Therapy Is Not the Only Option
Are you avoiding seeking treatment for OSA because you think you will need to use a CPAP machine while you sleep? While CPAP therapy is very effective for treating OSA, it is not always the only option. We offer oral appliance therapy at the office of Dr. Tejal Kakade that is non-invasive – no face masks or machines, just a comfortable mouthguard that is customized for your specific condition.
Do not wait any longer to get better sleep and improved health. Contact us Dr. Tejal Kakade in Carrollton to schedule an exam and consultation to discuss effective treatments for your obstructive sleep apnea.