Are you or a family member constantly snoring throughout the night? If you are experiencing morning headaches, snoring, interrupted breathing, or excessive sweating throughout the night, you could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea, often confused with severe snoring, is when you briefly stop breathing while sleeping. You then briefly wake up to resume breathing. This can happen hundreds of times each night and may be keeping you or a loved one from getting a full night’s rest.
If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can lead to high blood pressure, fatigue, memory problems, and other health issues. But there is help.
As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Anderson is trained to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances that treat snoring and OSA are similar in nature to a sports mouth guard or a retainer from your orthodontist. These devices are custom-fit and work by helping to prevent the tongue and other soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, thus keeping your airway more open during sleep. Oral appliances also work by increasing the muscle tone of the tongue. The FDA has approved approximately 40 appliances to treat snoring and/or sleep apnea.
Are You Suffering From Sleep Apnea?
- I’ve been told that I snore.
- I’ve been told that I stop breathing while I sleep, although I don’t remember.
- I feel tired and irritable in the morning even though I slept through the night.
- I sweat excessively during the night.
- I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly.
- I get morning headaches.
- I have trouble sleeping when I have a cold.
- I have jolted awake gasping for breath during the night.
- I am overweight.