Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Do you snore?
Do you wake up choking or gasping for air in the middle of the night?
Do you wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed?
Do you feel tired or fatigued during the day?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by the upper airway becoming blocked and causing the airflow to stop. This stoppage of airflow reduces the amount of oxygen available to your body. Consequently, Obstructive Sleep Apnea can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents.
Unfortunately, the majority of people who suffer from this disease are undiagnosed and untreated! Treatment options include: 1) CPAP – a machine that provides a flow of positive–pressure air through a mask to open the airway; 2) Oral Appliance – a small device, similar to an orthodontic retainer, that opens the airway by gently holding the lower jaw forward; and 3) Surgery to remove excessive soft tissue and/or to reposition the jaw.
If you or someone you know has the symptoms of Sleep Apnea, do not hesitate to call and schedule a complimentary appointment to discuss your symptoms and treatment options.