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Sleep apnea is a medical issue that occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissues to drop down into the airway, blocking the airway and causing interruptions in your breathing. Often, people who have apnea will snore (but not everyone who snores has apnea). People with apnea may experience dozens of tiny interruptions in their breathing every night, and often, these interruptions are so mild, they may not realize they have apnea. But even though the condition may be mild, it can still cause serious problems. Sleep apnea is also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
Snoring is perhaps the most common symptom associated with sleep apnea, but the condition can cause many other symptoms as well, including:
chronic daytime drowsiness
irritability and moodiness
decrease in productivity
lower sex drive
waking up choking or gasping for air
If you suspect you may have apnea, we can arrange for a simple sleep study that can be conducted right in your own home.
Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with an increased risk for type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Plus, lack of sleep can also increase your risk of having a car accident.
We help patients overcome sleep apnea with a simple oral appliance that's worn while you sleep. The appliance looks like a mouth guard, and it's designed to help gently shift your lower jaw forward so your airway stays open. Sleep apnea appliances are custom-fit to your mouth so they're very comfortable while being worn.
We accept all major PPO insurance plans. For more information, please give the office a call.
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