Understanding sleep apnea
Sleep apnea can be a serious medical condition but many people living with sleep apnea don’t even know they have it. Sufferers often complain of snoring and insomnia, some common symptoms of sleep apnea that can get progressively worse without treatment. If you or a loved one has any symptoms, such as loud snoring, waking up multiple times throughout the night, or waking up with headaches or brain fog, you must see a doctor for an evaluation.
Treating sleep apnea could save your life
Many patients who snore don’t realize its cause means something more. It can be easy to overlook or ignore common sleep apnea symptoms but doing so can be dangerous. Sleep apnea can be life threatening so it’s important that you talk to a doctor if you are having sleep problems or if loud snoring is interrupting your partner’s sleep.
Some people are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea than others so it’s important to understand the risk factors such as being obese, over the age of 40, having enlarged tonsils, family history of sleep apnea, and having a thick neck circumference. Untreated sleep apnea can have dangerous consequences such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease/heart attack
- Chronic headaches
Sleep apnea treatment
One of the most effective ways to treat sleep apnea is by fitting the patient with a custom oral appliance. This can be worn at night to open up the airways and reduce snoring. Keeping the air passages open ensures enough oxygen is flowing throughout the body and to the brain. This keeps the heart pumping at a steady pace which may reduce the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or arrhythmia. Our goal is to ensure you get a restful night’s sleep by restoring proper breathing.