Sleep apnea is a condition where, during the night, a patients breathing stops and starts throughout their sleep, it can have severe negative effects on your health. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke and more have all been linked to sleep apnea. Call us today to book your consultation.
You may have sleep apnea if you experience some of the following:
Loud, recurring snoring
Family history of sleep apnea
Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
Falling asleep during the day when activity is low
Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
History of stroke or heart attck
Neck size greater than 17 inches (for a man)
Neck size greater than 16 inches (for a woman)
Stopped breathing during sleep
Heightened anxiety, depression or emotional issues
Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
High blood pressure
How your oral appliance works
Obstructive sleep apnea is most commonly and effectively treated using oral appliance therapy. Today there are over 80 kinds of oral devices on the market to treat sleep apnea. These devices can either hold your tongue, preventing it from falling backwards on to your throat, or move your bottom jaw forward, they resemble a double retainer in appearance. Fitted specifically to your measurements, oral appliances are usually only worn at night.