Sleep Dentistry

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA occurs when the muscles and tissue that surround the throat relax too much during sleep, blocking the airway to collapse and keep air from reaching the lungs. This blockage prompts the brain to partially wake you up so that you can reestablish the flow of oxygen. This cycle then repeats constantly throughout the night, causing you to never get a truly restful night of sleep. Additionally, this constant lack of oxygen causes extra stress on the body, particularly the heart.  Other serious health problems that can be triggered by sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic Sleepiness
  • Heart Attack
  • Heartburn
  • Depression
  • High-Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Morning Headaches

Snoring

Snoring is a very common problem, and one that usually seems completely harmless, save for how annoying it can be to a partner who needs a good night’s rest. But did you know that your snoring could actually be an indicator of a much more serious condition? Take a look at some of these symptoms

 

  • Constant, loud snoring during sleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Feeling fatigued or excessively tired during the day
  • Choking or gasping during sleep (usually noticed by a partner)

 

If one or more of these sound familiar, you may be experiencing a potentially serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Thankfully, Dr. John Bryson and Dr. George Marquis have quite a bit of experience alleviating the symptoms of this disease, and we’ll be happy to work with your physician to provide the personalized care you need to achieve relief and finally experience a good night’s rest.

How Can You Help Me?

If you think you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, ask our doctors or your physician about taking an Apnea Risk Evaluation Screening test. Once we’ve diagnosed you, we can work towards getting you the treatment you need to feel well-rested. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that oral appliances be used as a first line of treatment for most mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea; in more serious situations, a CPAP machine may provide more relief. Dr. John Bryson, Dr. George Marquis and the team will work closely with your doctor to ensure that you get the support you need so that you can finally receive a full, uninterrupted, and reinvigorating night of sleep.

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