Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome
Sleep Apnea affects millions of Americans of all age groups. This condition causes fragmented sleep resulting in low blood oxygen levels. This combination can lead to hypertensions, heart disease along with mood and memory problems.
Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Daytime fatigue
- Falling asleep driving or watching TV
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
Common occurring signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring included acid reflux, teeth grinding at night, diabetes, mood swings, poor memory, symptoms of depression, anxiety, dementia, difficulty concentrating, ADHD, and insomnia.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
SNORING may occur when you sleep on your back, are overweight, have a large neck size, your tongue falls back into the throat, tonsils and/or adenoids are large, you mouth breathe while you sleep, are overly tired, eat or drink too late at night, have a cold or are congested.
SLEEP APNEA may occur when your airway becomes completely blocked and air is not able to move through your airway. You can hear someone with sleep apnea gasping for air and snoring during sleep to overcome an obstruction in their airway.
UARS is also caused by a narrow upper airway. Unlike sleep apnea, which is more common in overweight men, UARS is more common in normal weight women. It can cause headaches, neck pain, chest tightness, problems swallowing and TMJ pain.
Goals of Treatment
Sleep apnea appliances pull your jaw forward to keep your airway open so that you obtain sufficient oxygen to keep your body functioning in deep sleep. They are easy to use, easy to travel with and are indicated for snoring, UARS, mild, moderate and, sometimes, severe sleep apnea. If you or someone you love is having a hard time with sleep, please let us know. We can set up a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for a specific sleep appliance.
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