Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age — and cause major health problems. It’s a disorder that happens when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can cause you to stop breathing multiple times during sleep, cutting off oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body. Our office can now provide sleep apnea oral devices. We also require your physician’s signature, acknowledging you as CPAP intolerant. Our devices can treat mild to moderate cases and take three weeks to get device after impressions are taken. Most severe cases should always use CPAP and may be referred to a physician. Severe cases that cannot tolerate a CPAP can be evaluated by us to see if they would benefit from an oral device.

Health consequences of untreated sleep apnea include HypertensionDiabetesDepressionObesity, and Heart Arrhythmia

Interracial couple on the bed man snoring and disrupting woman

People with the below qualifications could be at high risk of developing sleep apnea:

  • Male
  • Post-menopausal women
  • Overweight
  • Large neck size
  • Large tonsils
  • Large tongue
  • Small jaw bone
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Nasal disruption

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Insomnia

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