If you or someone you love suffers from snoring that cannot be attributed to allergies, a sinus infection, or the common cold, that snoring could indicate a more serious condition. During sleep, the muscles in the mouth, jaw, and throat naturally relax. However, for the millions of Americans who have obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles become so relaxed that they collapse and obstruct the airway, making it difficult to breathe. The decreased flow of oxygen caused by sleep apnea usually results in sudden, repeated awakenings throughout the night and an overall poor quality of sleep. Excess weight around the neck, shoulders, and chest can also compress the airway, disrupting normal breathing and sleeping patterns.
Beyond the snoring and all those restless nights, the effects of obstructive sleep apnea can pose a number of serious health risks. Sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, so it is important to recognize and treat symptoms before the condition worsens.
Because many sleep apnea symptoms can be subtle, the disorder can go unnoticed and untreated for years. The common and well-known signs of sleep apnea are:
Some of the symptoms are vaguer and may seem completely unrelated, which is why it is important to see a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Dr. Woods provides several treatments to help you get the rest you need and deserve, including sleep apnea mouth appliances. Some of the appliances consist of two pieces that are custom made to fit comfortably and securely over your upper and lower teeth like a mouthguard. The pieces snap together to hold your jaws together, with the lower jaw forward enough that your tongue and throat tissues won’t collapse down your throat and cause snoring and sleep apnea.
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