Have you ever been told that you snore? Are you sleepy and tired during the day? Do you have a dry mouth and/or a headache in the morning? Are you suffering from a poor memory? These may be signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may be obvious when you hear your partner gasp for breathe at night, but this is not the case in many instances. It often goes undiagnosed in many people for years.
In sleep apnea your airway collapses when you breathe in which, in turn, deprives your body of oxygen and causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase. The consequences of sleep apnea include a significant increase in stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, poor memory/confusion, depression and even increased risk of cancer. Because of this, treatment becomes very important.
There are a variety of options for treatment which include the following: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliance, positional therapy, weight loss, and surgery. To see which option is right for you, make an appointment with our office for a consultation.