What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when a person repeatedly stops breathing while they sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. OSA is caused by a blockage of the airway, most commonly when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. Central sleep apnea happens when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It may be hard to know if you have sleep apnea since it occurs while you’re sleeping. However, there are a few common signs you can watch for while you’re awake, or a friend or loved one can look for while you’re asleep.
- – Difficulty focusing on daily tasks
- – Drowsiness & overall lack of energy
- – Dry or sore throat when you wake up
- – Forgetfulness
- – Headaches
- – Loud or frequent snoring
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
Before we create a treatment plan, we’ll set up a sleep study to analyze your sleep patterns. If you’re diagnosed with OSA, we can treat it with our custom-fitted oral appliances. Our oral appliances resemble a retainer or mouthguard that you wear while you sleep. It will reposition your jaw to keep your airflow open and unobstructed. With oral appliances, you can sleep comfortably compared to the traditional sleep apnea treatments, such as the CPAP machine.
Is my sleep apnea appliance covered by medical insurance?
It could be! Sleep apnea appliances are covered by most medical insurance. However, to know for sure, please contact your insurance provider or call our office and one of our team members can look into it for you!
Will a sleep apnea appliance minimize my snoring?
If you have obstructive sleep apnea that causes you to snore loudly throughout the night, our appliances are a great snoring solution. You and your loved ones deserve a quiet, peaceful night’s rest.
What are the effects of sleep apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a wide range of health problems, such as:
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Severe migraines
Hold on, I have some more questions about sleep apnea!
Ask away! Our knowledgeable team would be happy to provide you with more information about sleep apnea. Call our office or put your questions into our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!