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Did you know that people with sleep apnea can stop breathing for roughly 10-30 seconds at a time while they are sleeping? This can happen 5 to 30 or more times per hour, & hundreds of times throughout the night! Sleep apnea is a common problem that affects countless individuals. Chronic shallow breathing and air passage blockage can disrupt sleep patterns and create unnecessary discomfort. At Yeo Family Dental Group, we offer sleep apnea and snoring solutions.
Many cases of sleep apnea remain undiagnosed because the disorder may not be easily detected during regular visits with your doctor. Most often, it is one’s partner that notices it first. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, but it can manifest in many different conditions.
Some of the common signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping, and choking while you sleep
- Struggling with sleepiness during the day
- Falling asleep quickly during brief periods of inactivity
- Migraines, headaches, and head pains in the morning
- Feeling as if you have not had enough sleep no matter how early you went to bed
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Sleep apnea, if left untreated, can lead to an increased risk of developing depression, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
One of the best known, and least favorite, treatment option is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, which you wear while sleeping and holds the airway open to ensure that air can flow properly throughout the night. Some, if not most, sleep apnea patients find these machines noisy and uncomfortable. In some severe cases, a surgical solution can be explored.
There are several effective CPAP alternatives:
- Positional therapy
- Dental (oral) appliances
Yeo Family Dental Group offers customized oral appliances, which are a comfortable, affordable and safe alternative to CPAP machines. They resemble a retainer or mouthguard and are worn at night to hold the airway open without noise or discomfort.
Some of the most popular oral appliances include snore guards. These are FDA-listed mouthpieces that are suitable for treating sleep apnea and snoring overnight. These appliances are at their most effective for mild to moderate cases of snoring. While oral appliances can be found in a number of stores and online outlets, your doctor can inform you on which appliance is appropriate for your case.
If you or your loved one are kept up all night by incessant snoring, it could be a sign of sleep apnea. Make a consultation appointment at Yeo Family Dental Group Care today to learn more about sleep apnea and snore guard therapy and to see if oral appliances are right for you!