What is Sleep Apnea?
Did you know that sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans? Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes people to stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea can affect anyone regardless of age or gender, but several factors can increase your risk.
- Family History: If one of your parents has sleep apnea, you may be suffering too.
- Age: Patients over 40 are more likely to struggle.
- Alcohol: Alcohol acts as a sedative and relaxes the muscles of the throat.
- Smoking: The smoke can cause fluid retention and inflammation of the airway.
- Narrow Airway: You may have enlarged tonsils or adenoids that cause obstructive sleep apnea.
- Overweight: Fat deposits can obstruct the airway.
- Nasal Congestion: If you have chronic nasal congestion or sinus problems, you can stop breathing during sleep.
The symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive sleepiness during the day. Are you worried that you might have sleep apnea? Come to Prestige Dentistry and we can help you breathe again!
Some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring or snorting during sleep.
- Problems with memory and difficulty concentrating.
- Higher stress levels.
- Breathing hitches, gasps, or stops completely when asleep.
- Falling asleep during normal activities during the day.
- Inability to tackle small tasks throughout the day.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, or think you might be at risk, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Our team is experienced in treating sleep disorders like sleep apnea and snoring. When you come into our office, we’ll examine your mouth and facial structure to determine exactly what you need to sleep better.
Fortunately, sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can usually be treated with a simple oral appliance. Our dental mouthpiece has a flexible design that positions your jaw to allow the airway to fully open. You can wake up feeling refreshed and energetic again.
Learn More About Sleep Apnea – Schedule an Appointment!
If you are worried about sleep apnea or to find out more, call to schedule an appointment today! We want you to get the rest you need, and our sleep apnea treatment can help you sleep better.