Sleep ApneaAn Overview
Sleep apnea is a chronic medical concern that can create oral and systemic health problems. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep. For many patients, the airway is blocked by soft oral tissues. When the airway becomes blocked the patient loses oxygen and is unable to breathe. Patients suffering from sleep apnea often wake up multiple times during the night gasping for air. When the body’s oxygen flow is interrupted vital organs, including the brain and heart can be damaged.
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It may be difficult to tell if you have sleep apnea. A condition that occurs while asleep, many patients go undiagnosed for too long. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have sleep apnea.
- Chronic fatigue
- Easily distracted, trouble concentrating
- Wake up gasping for air
- Frequent headaches
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Sleep Apnea What to Expect
Treating sleep apnea can protect you from developing serious health conditions. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to an increase in heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia. Dr. David Weinstock offers oral sleep devices as a treatment for sleep apnea.
Oral Sleep Devices for Sleep Apnea
An oral sleep device is similar to a sports mouthguard. The device will be carefully fabricated to the specifications of your mouth. The device is designed to readjust your bite to keep your tongue from rolling to the back of your mouth during sleep. The device will keep your airway open, allowing you to breathe normally during sleep.
An oral sleep device will help quell the sound and severity of your snoring. Snoring often is created by the same loosening of soft tissues, and an oral sleep device can help prevent that from happening.
If you have been identified as having sleep apnea by sleep specialists contact our Philadelphia, PA dentist office to find out how an oral sleep device can help relieve you of the symptoms and long-term effects of sleep apnea.