Have you been told that you are a loud snorer? Do you suffer from symptoms like dry mouth, morning headaches, depression, attention deficit, memory loss, fatigue, nocturia, impotence, or insomnia? Then, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder that should be treated immediately. If you have reason to suspect that you may have sleep apnea, speak to your local doctor today. You can also schedule an appointment at Mayfair Family Dentistry to get started with one of our sleep apnea treatments.
Sleep apnea is caused when the tongue and bottom jaw fall to the back of the throat while someone is sleeping. This causes the passageway for air to become too small in order for the person to be able to breathe properly. This is why people with sleep apnea snore. The constricted space for airflow causes vibrations in the soft palate of the mouth, which causes the sound that we call snoring. Snoring in a person with sleep apnea is an indicator that that person is significantly struggling to breathe. Sometimes the constricted passageway becomes completely obstructed. This means that the person affected quits breathing altogether. This occurrence can be extremely dangerous and should be treated immediately.
You can help reduce the effects of sleep apnea at home by exercising, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime, losing weight, and sleeping on your side. However, these lifestyle adjustments can only do so much to treat the effects of sleep apnea. Luckily, at Mayfair Family Dentistry located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, we specialize in providing treatment for sleep apnea. We offer an appliance that can be worn to keep the airway open while sleeping. This eliminates the need to always sleep on one’s side or to make any major lifestyle changes.
Sleep apnea is a cause for serious concern. If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, you should speak with a dentist or doctor immediately. Schedule an appointment online today at Mayfair Family Dentistry to discuss your questions and concerns regarding sleep apnea.