Do you frequently snore? Do you ever wake up with a sore, dry throat? These are common signs of a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea results in pauses and interruptions in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is typically caused by obstructions in the airway, such as collapsing throat tissues or your tongue rolling back in your throat. This condition may result in hundreds of pauses in your breathing in a single night. OSA may contribute to several serious health problems and can even be life threatening if not properly treated. Common symptoms of OSA include:
- Chronic loud snoring
- Frequent morning headaches
- Irritability and personality changes
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- A very dry or sore throat upon awakening
- Gasping or choking sounds or sensations during sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
Our dentist provides treatment for snoring and sleep apnea in Durham, North Carolina, so you can sleep peacefully and breathe continually through the night. Our most common treatment for snoring and sleep apnea is an oral appliance that fits over your teeth and is worn while you sleep. The oral appliance prevents your tongue from rolling back and may also push your lower jaw slightly forward to prevent a collapse in the airway during sleep. This oral appliance therapy also minimizes snoring. We invite you to contact Dr. Ellis K. List’s dental office today to learn more about the treatments we provide for OSA and snoring.
Please take these surveys below, to see if Sleep Apnea could be an issue for you. Please be sure to bring in the surveys and review the results with Dr. List at your next visit.