People with sleep apnea disorder stop breathing during sleep, often as many as hundreds of times a night. This is serious, because your brain and other parts of your body become deprived of oxygen.
When you’re not getting a restful sleep, untreated apnea affects your performance at work or at school. In addition to drowsiness and moodiness, studies have linked the condition to more serious health problems, such as:
Before our dentists at MacArthur Dental Arts can treat your sleep apnea issues, they will need to diagnose it. You can opt to have a sleep test conducted at a sleep center. However, such tests can be expensive and require you to be away from the comfort of your home. Alternatively, we can provide you with a sleep test that will allow you to sleep in your own bed. If necessary, we can work with a sleep specialist for your diagnosis and/or treatment.
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine that works by increasing air pressure in your throat to keep your airway open. Many people find them difficult to wear because they obstruct part of your face.
An oral appliance is our preferred method of treatment. We’ll take precise measurements of your mouth and jaw and create a custom night guard. It gently shifts your jaw into place to keep your airway open while you sleep
Chronic snoring is a common sleep apnea symptom, but it can also be a problem on its own. Like sleep apnea disorder, it deprives you and your partner of a restful night of sleep. There are three categories of sleep disorders, all of which involve obstruction of your airway:
The primary difference is the degree of blockage. With apnea, your airway may collapse partially or even completely during the night. This causes you to wake and gasp for breath.
In addition to snoring, other apnea symptoms include: