When you wake up, does it feel like you never went to sleep in the first place? Has your partner had to sleep in another room recently because they couldn’t stand your loud snoring? All across the country, there are over 20 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea, and if you’re part of this group, you need to take action if you want to maintain a well-rested, healthy lifestyle and enjoy peaceful nights free of snoring. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fromuth or Dr. Langlois to learn more about
Sleep apnea is characterized by multiple periods during sleep where your breathing completely stops. This is commonly due to the airway being blocked by the tissues in your mouth or throat. When you can’t breathe, the body panics and partially wakes up to get some air. The awakenings are so brief you probably won’t even recall them, but they’ll be enough to interrupt the sleep cycle, leaving you feeling tired the next day. The disorder is associated with chronic exhaustion, decreased mental faculties, and numerous health problems such as heart attacks; it’s important to have it treated as soon as possible before the most severe consequences are felt.
Loud snoring is often highlighted as one of the biggest warning signs of sleep apnea. Not all snorers are suffering from sleep apnea, but if you’re snoring on a regular basis, it’s generally best to have the root cause identified as soon as possible. Other sleep apnea symptoms include:
You’ve probably heard of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) being used to treat sleep apnea. But while this treatment has been shown effective in keeping the airway open at night, many patients stop using it after a while because they find it too uncomfortable or noisy. The oral appliance therapy that Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois offer is far easier to wear, and it fits perfectly on your teeth. It moves the jaw forward so that your oral tissues don’t collapse and block the airway. A sleep appliance is typically effective for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea; we can help determine whether you’re a candidate for one during your initial consultation.