Many people suffer from sleep apnea but in many cases don’t even realize it. The condition is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low oxygen during sleep. There can be pauses in breathing lasting from a few seconds to minutes, and can occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Symptoms include snoring, fatigue, impaired alertness, slower reaction time and even vision problems. Other symptoms can include memory loss, moodiness, belligerence and even depression.
Sleep disordered breathing has been linked to cardiovascular disease, gastric reflux, diabetes and thyroid problem.
Our dentists always work with your physician to provide a team approach for your treatment. A thorough head and neck exam is essential to insure the success of a dental device in order to open the airway. There are many types of dental devices which can be custom fitted to your mouth. Our goal is to give you unobstructed breathing during sleep and an oxygen level for optimum health.
Contact us for more information on sleep apnea and potential remedies.