Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep-breathing disorder characterized by breathing pauses that occur multiple times per hour during the night and are caused by a blocked or partially blocked airway. The breathing cessations result in reduced oxygen flow that, in turn, cause micro-awakenings that have a severe impact on quality sleep and overall health.
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from the condition, with 80 percent of suspected cases remaining undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea contributes to an increased risk of drowsy driving, workplace incidents, and serious health conditions such as stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many more.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Persistent snoring
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to concentrate
- Irritability, depression or mood swings
- Pauses in breathing while asleep
- Nighttime gasping or choking
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Frequent need to urinate at night
While these are the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, people with the condition may experience one or more, or even none of the symptoms listed. That's what makes sleep apnea so dangerous!
Treating Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance
Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for sleep apnea.