Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by intermittent pauses in breathing during sleep, poses significant health risks if left untreated. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, results from obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue falling back or the collapse of the throat tissues during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can lead to serious health issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems.
Diagnosing sleep apnea requires a consultation with a sleep physician. We recommend that you seek medical advice If you experience symptoms such as:
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Depression, anxiety and mood changes
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Snoring, especially when combined with pauses in breathing
- A dry or sore throat upon waking
- Frequent morning headaches
- Falling asleep easily while driving, working or reading
- Difficulty concentrating and memory impairment
Treatment for sleep apnea varies based on its severity. In cases of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, a practical solution may involve the use of oral appliances. These appliances are designed to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms by fitting over your teeth and maintaining an open airway during sleep. They achieve this by either preventing the tongue from obstructing the air passage or by positioning the jaw to prevent airway blockages.
For more information about oral appliance therapy and treating sleep apnea in Gaithersburg, Maryland, or to schedule a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Adam Schneider, Dr. Katie Staub or Dr. Ekpa Eyoma, call or text Schneider Family Dentistry today at 240-654-3555. We are committed to helping you get the rest you need!