Do you feel tired during the day? Do you snore while sleeping? These could be signs of sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes the tongue to lie in the back of the throat during sleep. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops, cutting off oxygen to the brain. Often when this happens the sleeper will partially awaken with a loud gasp or jerk, clearing the obstruction and falling back to sleep. Several cycles of this process throughout the night can cause symptoms ranging from daytime sleepiness to cardiovascular problems.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loss of concentration
- Abrupt awakenings with trouble breathing
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
We begin with a detailed consultation where we look at your symptoms and medical history. You’ll be asked to participate in a sleep study to confirm your diagnosis before we begin treatment.
One option for treatment is a nasal CPAP machine to deliver pressurized oxygen through a mask. In many cases, CPAP is an effective treatment. However, like any treatment, it doesn’t necessarily work for every patient and every case. For patients with CPAP intolerance, we also offer a dental sleep appliance. These appliances are effective, comfortable, durable and easy to use. The device simply moves your lower jaw forward into a comfortable position.
If CPAP or dental sleep appliances aren’t combatting your sleep apnea, we have other options. We work with your sleep physician to ensure your treatment works for you.
Call us at 952-926-3858 to get treatment for your sleep apnea!