Nighttime Breathing Problems May Signal Sleep Apnea
Approximately 25 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea. Are you one of them? If you’ve heard complaints about your loud snoring, experienced abrupt awakenings or episodes of gasping for air in the middle of the night, you may want to consider the possibility you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the soft tissues and muscles in the back of the throat relax, restricting the airway. At the office of The Snooze Doc, we’ve successfully treated many patients with the condition and we’re confident we can do the same for you.
While it may sound somewhat unusual that a dentist should treat a sleep issue, the mechanics behind sleep apnea moves it into the dentist’s realm of expertise. For sufferers of the condition, repeated pauses in breathing occur throughout the night, ranging from a few seconds to a minute at a time. The severity of the condition can differ dramatically from one patient to the next. Sufferers may find themselves with headaches in the morning, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and irritability. In severe cases, sleep apnea can increase a patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke and abnormal heartbeats.
For patients with mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea, the typical treatment plan for sleep apnea consists of an oral appliance that is custom made to fit your mouth. The device fits like a retainer and is designed to keep the soft tissues in your throat from obstructing your airway, allowing for a better night’s sleep and a refreshed feeling in the morning.
If you believe you, or someone in your household, may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, the office of The Snooze Doc is here to help. We are a leader in sleep apnea treatment, by providing skilled and experienced care and treating every patient with the respect and attention they deserve. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.