What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea. The main types of sleep apnea are: Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

Common sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Waking up with a very sore or dry throat.
  • Loud snoring.
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation.
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day.
  • Sleepiness while driving.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex.

Diagnosing sleep apnea

A definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea can be made only with a sleep study conducted during a visit to a sleep lab, usually overnight, or a home study performed with special equipment.

Our office offers a one-night home sleep study. This is a convenient way to diagnosis sleep apnea, and if you test positive for sleep apnea, you will receive a detailed report signed by a physician who is a specialist in Sleep Medicine.

What To Do If You Are Diagnosed With Sleep Apnea

Treatment options include positive Airway Pressure Devices (CPAP) or an oral appliance. This office fabricates FDA approved oral devices. These appliances are worn in the mouth, just like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic appliance, while you sleep. Oral appliances hold the lower jaw forward just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and muscles in the upper airway from collapsing and blocking the airway.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved oral appliance therapy (OAT) as a first line treatment for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA. The AASM also recommends oral appliances for patients with severe OSA, who are unable to tolerate or cannot wear CPAP devices.

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to wear
  • Quiet
  • Portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • Easy to care for

Sleep apnea oral devices are generally covered by your medical insurance plans.

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