Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatment in Jacksonville Beach
Sleep apnea is the interruption of normal breathing patterns during sleep, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate more than 12 million Americans are affected by the disorder. The NIH also suggests that only 16 percent of sufferers receive treatment. When left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe consequences to your overall health, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, depression, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, concentration impairment and memory loss.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
People who are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea may recognize interrupted sleep, but in many cases family members are the first to notice the symptoms of sleep apnea which include:
- Loud Snoring
- Gasping for air or choking during sleep
- Painful headaches in the morning
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
Sleep Apnea Treatment and Snoring Appliances
There are two main forms of sleep apnea – Obstructive sleep apnea and Central sleep apnea. Highly skilled dentists such as Dr. Jumber are able to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airflow is blocked during sleep, often caused by the collapsing of soft tissue in the back of the throat.
Oral appliances or snoring appliances are very successful treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Worn only at night, these appliances are custom-fitted dental devices that are similar to athletic or orthodontic retainers. Additional options include CPAP and surgery.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Oral Appliances
- EMA Appliance
- “The Moses” anti-snoring/sleep apnea device
- TAP-3 Thornton Adjustable Positioner