Sleep Apnea

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea


Person yawningIf you find it difficult to stay awake and maintain a high energy level throughout the day, you may have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

• Extreme drowsiness

• Waking up frequently throughout the night

• Waking up short of breath

• Loud snoring

• Bouts of insomnia

• Morning Headaches


 How Sleep Apnea Occurs


Sleep Apnea graphic showing obstructionObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and can affect anyone at any age. It occurs when there is a blockage of the airways which is why sufferers often snore loudly or find themselves waking up short of breath. Those who have large tonsils or a larger than average neck size are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea because the back of the throat can get blocked easily.


Sleep Apnea Treatment Options


 If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, schedule a visit with your doctor for professional treatment. Our dentists may recommend any of the following treatments to restore proper breathing:

• Changing sleep positions
• Losing weight

• Breaking a smoking habit
• Oral device to open airway
• Surgery


 CPAP Intolerance


If you currently use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device and are experiencing difficulties using it, talk to us about alternative solutions. Some patients may have an allergy to the materials used in the device, experience claustrophobia or irritation and require treatment through other avenues. Our doctors have extensive training and experience in sleep apnea treatment options, and can work with you to determine the right solution.


How Sleep Apnea Affects TMJ Disorders


Sleep apnea and disorders of the TMJ (temporomandibular disorders) are commonly connected. During an obstructive sleep apnea episode, the airway is blocked due to one or more factors. A misaligned jaw due to a TMJ disorder has been shown to contribute to this type of blockage, resulting in a need to address TMJ symptoms as part of a treatment plan. If you notice any symptoms including jaw pain, headaches or a bite that feels off, contact us for a personalized consultation.


Stop Snoring and Get Your Life Back


If loud snoring is waking you up or keeping your partner up all night, you need to seek treatment as soon as possible. We can help you get your life back on track and restore healthy sleep patterns with appropriate treatment. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and can have life-threatening consequences if it is left undiagnosed. We are here to help you break the snoring habit and improve sleep quality. The doctors have undergone extensive training through Spear Education, to bring you the most up-to-date technologies and treatment options. Our team can perform in-depth diagnoses and provide comprehensive care.


Learn more about treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring by scheduling an appointment.