What is Sleep Apnea?
“Apnea” is not a word we use in everyday life! What does it mean? An apnea is a pause in someone’s breathing of at least 10 seconds while he or she sleeps.
If your breathing is stopping many times per night, it can interrupt your sleep without fully waking you up. That can make you much more tired than you should be. It can also reduce the crucial flow of oxygen that you need to stay healthy.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can also be related to louder snoring, which can interrupt your own sleep and disrupt your family members’ sleep.
If your snoring has gotten louder recently or you are more fatigued during the day, we recommend that you find out if you have sleep apnea. Treating it can improve your sleep and your life!
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
One reason that some people have sleep apnea is because their tongue or upper throat tissue is pressing against the lower part of their throat. This blocks the airflow and can cause the touching tissues to vibrate, causing louder snoring.
Why does this develop? You might be sleeping in a different position, which changes the shape of your jaw and tissues. Your body shape may have changed in general, or some other factor might be repositioning your jaw.
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Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Whatever the cause of your sleep apnea, it can rob you of energy all day long, give you headaches, make your irritable, and even make your memory worse. Of course, not getting enough oxygen during the night is dangerous— whether or not you are experiencing these other symptoms.
To treat sleep apnea, we can create a customized oral appliance that will reposition your jaw. We’ll design it to open up your airway, reducing snoring and ensuring a good flow of oxygen.
If this solution is right for your sleep apnea, you’ll be able to get more restful sleep, more oxygen during the night, and be less fatigued—plus, your family will thank you!
Call Us if You Might Have Sleep Apnea
If your snoring has recently increased or you’re having other symptoms of sleep apnea, call us to make an appointment. If we find that an oral appliance can open up your airway at night, you might be very close to more restful sleep!