Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing throughout the sleep cycle. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, is typically caused by blockages in the airway such as the tongue falling back into the throat or tissues in the airway collapsing. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems like heart disease, hypertension, and liver issues.

Sleep apnea diagnosis requires the expertise of a sleep physician. However, we urge you to discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing with our dentists, as well as with your primary care physician. Frequent signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches
Sleep Apnea Help

The treatment for sleep apnea can vary, contingent on the severity of the condition. For those experiencing mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentists may suggest the use of an oral appliance. This appliance is a simple, non-invasive treatment option that fits over your teeth and maintains an open airway while you sleep.

This oral device can function by keeping the tongue from obstructing the air passage, or by holding your jaw in a certain position that prevents airway blockage during sleep. Its aim is to ensure you have a restful, uninterrupted night’s sleep, free from the potentially dangerous episodes of apnea.

We’re dedicated to helping you improve your overall health, and this includes providing solutions for sleep disorders. To gain more insights on sleep apnea treatments and how they can benefit your specific situation, we warmly invite you to call or visit our dental practice today.

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