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Sleep Apnea

DO YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA?

Did you know that between 1/3 and 1/2 of all adult Americans currently snore or have at some point? However, snoring – even chronically – is not necessarily indicative of sleep apnea. In fact, only 1/5 of adults have some form of sleep apnea, which can be a life-threatening condition.

The difference between benign snoring and sleep apnea is that apnea patients experience cessations in their breathing patterns and may suddenly gasp for air or choke in their sleep. This can lead to severe drowsiness and fatigue during the day, as well as depression, memory loss, and decreased libido.

 

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Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring loudly
  • Cessation in breathing, typically first noticed by someone witnessing you sleep
  • Suddenly waking up, short of breath
  • Problems staying asleep
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Issues with Attention/Lack of Focus
  • Irritability
  • Grinding and Clenching of Teeth at Night (Bruxism)

Treating Sleep Apnea

Treatment for sleep apnea will depend on the severity of the condition and whether patients are experiencing apnea or simple snoring. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • Behavior modifications
  • Oral sleep appliances
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices
  • Some cases may require surgery

Changing Your Habits Can Also Be Effective

Did you know that you can reduce your chances of snoring or developing apnea by changing a few simple habits? Here are a few things you can do:

  • Lose Weight: Even losing 10 pounds can help open up the airways and reduce apnea symptoms.
  • Change your sleep position
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Maintain regular sleep habits

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need treatment for sleep apnea and snoring?
You may need treatment for snoring if the condition is disrupting the sleep of your partner or other people who live with you. You definitely need treatment for sleep apnea if you or your partner notice some fo the dangerous symptoms of this condition. Contact your dentist immediately to discuss your options for managing or treating sleep apnea.
What should I expect during treatment for sleep apnea or snoring?
Your treatment will depend on the extent of your symptoms. In mild to moderate cases, conservative approaches are used first. Patients who do not respond to these methods may be fitted with an oral appliance, given a pressurized airflow mask, or otherwise advised to undergo surgery to open up the airway.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

If you suspect that you or your loved one may have sleep apnea, do not delay. Contact our office to make an appointment for a professional evaluation and diagnosis.

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