If you or your partner have a tendency to snore, you may have cause for concern. Snoring is one sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a potentially dangerous condition. Because OSA occurs during sleep, many people have no idea that they should be worried.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway is constricted or blocked, making breathing a challenge. The real problem is that OSA reduces oxygen flow to vital organs, putting you at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even death.
The symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness or unexplained fatigue
- Dry mouth or throat upon waking
- Morning headaches
- Mood disorders such as depression or anxiety
- Trouble concentrating or remembering
- Waking with the sensation of gasping or choking
It’s far more serious than snoring!
If snoring was the worst of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, that would be one thing, but the truth is that those who are afflicted with OSA are more likely to suffer from serious health conditions as a result, including:
How can we help?
The most well-known treatment for OSA is the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. The problem with CPAP treatment is that it requires the user to be tethered to a machine by a hose that provides a continuous airflow, making it difficult for side or stomach sleepers to get comfortable.
The good news is that we can help! Once diagnosed, we can create a customized oral appliance that will be comfortable, allowing you to sleep in any position, and be effective, moving your jaw into a position that will prevent airway constriction.