There are different types of: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, in which your airway becomes closed while you sleep. This could be due to your tongue blocking the way or due to your throat muscles relaxing, blocking the flow of oxygen.
Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, restless sleep, feeling exhausted the next day, gasping for air in your sleep, insomnia, or waking up with a dry mouth. If you have one or more of these symptoms on a consistent basis, you should visit your doctor to be screened for sleep apnea. When it goes undiagnosed, sleep apnea can lead to other medical problems down the line, including heart disease and stroke.
How We Can Help
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, our sleep apnea dentists can help you get the full night’s rest that you deserve. One effective treatment option is a sleep apnea mouthguard. This is a device that you wear while you sleep. It fits comfortably in the mouth and keeps your jaw aligned in an optimal position. When you wear the mouthguard, your tongue won’t block your airway and your muscles will remain engaged. This non-surgical option can successfully treat in many patients.