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Sleep Apnea

Understanding Sleep Apnea: Restoring Restful Nights for Healthier Days

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can occur multiple times throughout the night, leading to fragmented sleep and a range of health issues.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): This is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax, causing the airway to become blocked or narrowed during sleep.

  2. Central Sleep Apnea: This less common form of sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

  3. Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this type of sleep apnea occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring

  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep

  • Gasping or choking sensations during sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Morning headaches

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability or mood changes

Untreated sleep apnea can have serious consequences for your overall health, increasing your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other medical conditions. At our practice, we offer comprehensive screening and treatment options for sleep apnea, including custom-fitted oral appliances that can help keep your airway open during sleep. These oral appliances are comfortable, portable, and easy to use, providing a convenient alternative to traditional CPAP therapy.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, don't wait to seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about sleep apnea and discover how we can help you enjoy restful nights and healthier days. Let's work together to restore your quality of sleep and improve your overall well-being!

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