Sleep Apnea Treatment

Patient Having Difficulty Sleeping

Obstructive sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts sleep.

Snoring from sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of Americans every year. It occurs when your air passage gets blocked in your sleep because the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much. When that happens, your body loses some of its oxygen intake. It responds by waking you up enough to draw a deep breath. In some patients this can happen hundreds of times a night without them even realizing it. This can make you feel not only exhausted, even with a full night’s sleep, but can have more severe health consequences such as heart problems or stroke.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

For most people it takes their partner to recognize the broken patterns in their sleep. However, here are some symptoms that can help you recognize it yourself. If you find yourself having one or more of these symptoms, it might be helpful to be checked for sleep apnea.

  • Loud or interrupted snoring
  • Sudden night wakings
  • Waking up gasping
  • Fatigue with a full night’s sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Uncontrollable high blood pressure

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

When your tongue or muscles relax and block your breathing passage, it deprives you of oxygen and interrupts your sleeping. Dr. Potts and Dr. Mahmood will use a mandibular advancement appliance, which looks a little like a mouth guard, for you to wear during sleep. This opens your breathing passage by moving your jaw forward.