Sleep Apnea

Snoring or Having Trouble Sleeping? It Could be Sleep Apnea

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80% of Sleep Apnea Patients are Undiagnosed

There are an estimated 22 million Americans living with sleep apnea, with many of them unaware they are affected. Obstructive sleep apnea (the most common form) is a serious medical condition where the airway collapses and breathing repeatedly stops throughout the night. This can deprive the brain and body of oxygen, leading to lack of sleep and other serious health problems. It may be time to talk to one of our doctors about sleep apnea if you experience:

  • Difficulty Staying Asleep Throughout the Night
  • Snorting, Snoring or Choking
  • Exhaustion Throughout the Day, Including Unintentionally Falling Asleep
  • Waking Up Short of Breath

Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea has been scientifically linked to other medical concerns, such as higher risk of heart disease or liver problems, depression and high blood pressure. Patients with sleep apnea are more likely to experience falling asleep at dangerous times throughout the day as well; for example, while driving. This puts more than just their health at risk, it is also affects their safety. If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea and any of the following risk factors can apply to you, speak to us as soon as possible:

  • Overweight or Over the Age of 40
  • Larger Neck Size (17+ Inches for Men and 16+ Inches for Women)
  • Familial History of Sleep Apnea
  • Male
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Your Treatment Options

To help you get a full night’s rest, our team has several treatment options available, including custom oral appliances. These appliances are designed to fit the size and shape of your mouth so they can be worn comfortably while you sleep. They help to keep the airway open, to prevent the blockage that occurs during sleep apnea that forces you awake. Unlike a CPAP machine, this device is silent and less obtrusive. With years of experience, the Traverse Dental team has the knowledge and skill required to help you successfully address your sleep apnea concerns.

You deserve a better night’s sleep. Call us today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.