As we age, our bodies naturally begin to change. For some people this can mean they don’t metabolize food like they used to, and they have to watch their weight. For others, it could mean having bad joints or chronic pain from all the sports they played when they were younger. And for others, it might mean they deal with sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is the name given to a condition in which patients experience intermittent airflow blockage while they are sleeping. While you can find cases of sleep apnea in all age groups, it commonly shows up in patients as they age and gain weight.
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax too much, to the point where your airway narrows or is cut off entirely. This causes you to stop breathing and jerk awake throughout the night, interrupting your body’s natural sleep cycle.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
You might be dealing with sleep apnea if you experience multiple of the following symptoms:
- Daytime Sleepiness.
- Gasping During Sleep.
- Inability to Concentrate.
- Sore Throat.
- Memory Loss.
While loud snoring is the most common of these symptoms, snoring alone is not necessarily an indicator of sleep apnea. If you’re wondering if you might have sleep apnea, call our office today to consult with our skilled professionals.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea at Hollywood Family Dentistry
Here at our Oregon office, we are pleased to be able to treat you if you think you might be dealing with sleep apnea. To combat sleep apnea in our patients, we offer:
- Oral Appliances: Oral appliances are created specifically to meet your individual needs. They function as a stop-gap between you and your sleep apnea, positioning your jaw and teeth in such a way that helps ensure your airway remains open while you sleep. These appliances are often more comfortable than a CPAP machine, and they are easily removable.
- Sleep Apnea Evaluations: Not sure if you have sleep apnea or not? We can schedule an evaluation that will help us determine if you are a victim of sleep apnea or not.