Sleep apnea reduces the quality of your breathing during sleep. It also causes snoring that can have a negative impact on your sleep quality and your relationships.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by the partial or total blockage of your airway. Restricted airflow places your health at risk because it reduces the amount of oxygen your body requires during sleep.
Improper breathing causes you to gasp or experience a choking reflex. This awakens you briefly as you catch your breath and return to sleep.
Interrupted breathing episodes can happen numerous times during your nightly sleep cycle. The interruptions can lead to the feeling of drowsiness or lack of rest during your awake hours.
More serious health issues can result from sleep apnea including high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack, and stroke.
Sleep apnea is treatable. Treatment often includes a CPAP device or in severe cases, surgery.
Oral appliances are available from your Boca Raton dentist to treat sleep apnea. The appliance resembles a night guard and is custom-designed to open your airway for improved breathing during sleep.
Contact our dental office about your snoring or sleep apnea symptoms. Schedule a consultation to discuss treatment options and how an oral appliance can help treat your sleep apnea issues.