Sleep apnea (Sleep disordered breathing)
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which the breathing intermittently stops and resumes during sleep.
While primary snoring is usually symptom free, the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea may include: intermittent snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, headaches, poor memory and clouded intellect, anxiety and depression, gastric reflux, high blood pressure.
Sleep disordered breathing is best diagnosed with an overnight sleep study. Treatment may include behavioral modification, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliances and oral surgery.
The oral appliances used to treat sleep disordered breathing are worn only during sleep and fit like a sports guard or an orthodontic retainer. The appliances have several advantages: they are easy to wear, they are easy to care for, they are quiet, they are portable and convenient for travel.
Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier body and mind. Please contact us and we will discuss different treatment options that can help you. Click on the videos from Spear Education to learn more about sleep disordered breathing as well as an example of how a mandibular advancement device is used in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.