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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can make it extremely hard to get a good night’s rest. At our office, we are equipped to diagnose and treat sleep apnea so you can start getting restful sleep again!

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Patients who suffer from sleep apnea will stop breathing for short periods of time while they sleep. It often is unnoticeable to the person actually being affected, though you’ll often notice the symptoms of not getting enough rest.

As you can imagine, it’s hard to wake up feeling rested when you’re constantly gasping for breath at night—even if you don’t realize you’re doing it!

If left untreated, sleep apnea can also have serious side effects. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and hypertension, and can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

While sleep apnea can be dangerous, the good news is that it’s often easy to diagnose. All of the following are common side effects of sleep apnea:

  • Heavy snoring.
  • Frequently waking up with headaches or a dry mouth.
  • Feeling tired or exhausted even after a full night’s sleep.
  • Difficulty focusing throughout the day.
  • Waking up gasping in the night.

If you’ve noticed one or more of these symptoms in yourself or your partner, call us today to ask about scheduling a sleep apnea test so we can get you diagnosed and treated right away.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

In many cases, sleep apnea has a simple solution. At our office, we make customized nighttime appliances for patients to wear that can go a long way towards curing sleep apnea.

These appliances, which are worn at night just like a mouthguard, gently expand and open the patient’s airway. As a result, it becomes much easier to breathe and you’ll be able to sleep through the night again!

In the rare case of severe sleep apnea that doesn’t respond to this treatment, we will direct you  to the resources you need. Your health is always our first priority.

Treating Sleep Apnea Now Means Better Health Tomorrow

If you’re been experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, contact us today! We can help you replace your sleep apnea with a good night’s sleep.

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