Sleep apnea is a disorder that refers to the cessation of breathing during sleep. This common problem can affect both children and adults. While we may be able to help treat your sleep apnea, your primary care doctor may also be a part of the diagnosis and treatment.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can stop the flow of oxygen to the brain and other areas, increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other condition. To help address this condition, we may be able to fit an oral appliance, known as an occlusal guard, which fits in your mouth in a way that prevents the muscles in your neck from stopping your breathing. Occlusal guards are often a viable alternative to traditional appliances, such as Bi-PAP and CPAP machines, allowing you to sleep more soundly, and allowing your sleeping partner to get the good night’s rest they deserve.
Sleep apnea can be found in any gender, at any age, but there are certain factors which place some people at greater risk, including family history, deviated septum, sinus conditions, allergies, GERD, being overweight, and more.
Sleep apnea symptoms aren’t just limited to snoring. Gasping and choking during sleep are also common symptoms. Other signs include abnormal daytime exhaustion, short-term memory loss, headaches, heartburn, weight gain, night sweats, and more.