Sleep Apnea

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Is it More than Just Snoring?

Excessive snoring, snorting and choking are often the first symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition affecting around 18 million Americans. Although many people ignore these signs, they owe it to themselves to discuss their problems with a trained dentist who understands how to help those with obstructive sleep apnea. If you regularly wake yourself or your sleeping partner because of loud snoring episodes, it is time to address what could be a serious medical issue.

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Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Oxygen Deprivation

People with sleep apnea have a medical condition that causes the palate (back of the mouth) to fall into the throat during sleep. This stops the natural flow of air to the body. In response, the body forces the airway open by snoring forcefully. These episodes may happen as few as five times or more than 30 times an hour. Regardless of frequency, they lead to deprivation of oxygen, sleep and relaxation.

Major Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

  • Being male
  • Being over 40
  • Having a larger-than-average neck
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a family member who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea
  • Using nicotine products

Common Sleep Apnea Indicators

  • Episodes of loud snoring due to trouble breathing
  • Waking in the morning with a headache and/or sore throat
  • Feeling as if you got very little sleep
  • Falling asleep during the day due to heightened fatigue
  • Awakening from sleep with a feeling of being choked
  • Experiencing memory problems

Get Diagnosed and Treated

Our team can help you determine if you have sleep apnea by giving you an at-home sleep test. We will work with your general practitioner to diagnose and treat your unique case through options like a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine or a customized night guard. Night guards help keep your throat open and your mouth in a neutral position, and are becoming increasingly popular due to their less invasive, silent nature. The goal is for you to stop any damage being caused by sleep apnea, which has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke and other health risks.

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Waking in the morning ready to tackle the day is a wonderful feeling everyone deserves.

If you have missed out due to potential sleep apnea, call us now for an initial consultation.
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