Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is related to snoring. In both instances, a narrowing or closing of the airway at the back of the throat causes air to be restricted. In snoring, the constriction causes soft tissues at the back of the throat to vibrate, causing the characteristic sound of snoring.
In sleep apnea, however, the airway is completely constricted, causing the breath to stop. The brain registers the lack of oxygen, and the sleeper awakes momentarily but immediately falls back to sleep. This cycle can happen hundreds of times in the course of a night, and if it’s not treated, it can lead to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because the sufferer doesn’t notice the symptoms. If you wake often or suddenly during the night, find yourself gasping for breath, or experience fatigue even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. The drawing to the right shows the closed air passage at the back of the mouth.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you or a loved one have noticed that you have these signs of sleep apnea, Dr. Price can provide relief with a simple device designed to move the jaw into a forward position while you sleep. You can see in the drawing to the left how this jaw position can open up your airway.
Dr. Price will take an impression of your teeth so a custom-fit appliance can be created for you to wear while you sleep. This simple solution can bring relief from your symptoms of mild to moderate sleep apnea.
If you are experiencing sleep apnea, give us a call, and we’ll help you find the most convenient appointment time for your visit to our office.