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Sleep Apnea

Excessive snoring, fatigue during the day, and regular headaches are just a few signs that you may suffer from sleep apnea. Our Oakley dentist office can help determine if you do, and can help alleviate your symptoms and get a better night's sleep if you do!

Of adults report snoring at night.

Of adults have fallen asleep
unintentionally during the day.

SOURCE: CDC - http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/

What is Sleep Apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) happens when the throat muscles relax too much while you sleep, causing the soft tissues to collapse and the walls of your throat to close. A decrease in the oxygen you receive sends a signal to your brain to wake you up, oftentimes choking or gasping. Because this can happen hundreds of times a night, OSA leaves sufferers fatigued throughout the day due to lack of sleep.

  • Mild OSA: earliest stages; wake an average of 5-15 times per hour
  • Moderate OSA: symptoms worsen and cause you to wake 15-29 times per hour
  • Severe OSA: sufferers wake 30 or more times per hour

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Snoring
  • Severe fatigue during the day
  • Irritability
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep
  • Tired or groggy upon waking
  • Poor concentration
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Sleep Apnea Dentist

Because we’re trained in the structures of the face, jaw, and neck, dentists are a great resource for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Contact us to schedule a consultation. At your appointment, we’ll go over your medical history, habits, and do some testing to determine your risk factors. If we determine that you’re at risk, we’ll develop a treatment plan suited to your needs and lifestyle to help you rest easier.

The Importance of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Besides just not sleeping well at night, sleep apnea can cause major health issues.

  • Hypertension: a lack of adequate oxygen levels can constrict blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure.
  • Heart disease: studies have shown links between snoring and heart arrhythmias, an enlarged heart, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, and an increased risk of heart attacks.
  • Stroke: A higher intensity of snoring has been linked to an increased likelihood of carotid atherosclerosis, which can increase the chances of a stroke.
  • Diabetes: Good sleep is essential for your body to balance insulin levels, so disrupted sleep cycles due to OSA can increase chances of developing diabetes.
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Are You a Good Candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Do you think you may suffer from sleep apnea? Fill out this questionnaire! If you answer yes to any of the questions below, fill out our contact form to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.

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