Are you told that you snore while you’re asleep? Do you find yourself waking up constantly in the night? These are common symptoms of a condition known as Sleep Apnea. People who suffer from Sleep Apnea do not get adequate oxygen to their brain while they sleep. This is caused by a blockage in the airway due, possibly, to the jaw being askew. In some cases, Sleep Apnea patients only move into a lighter stage of sleep, while other times, patients wake completely due to the brain telling them to wake up and breathe.
What Do You Do About It?
Luckily there are affordable, non-surgical treatments for Sleep Apnea. One of these treatments the wearing of a cPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. It delivers air to the nasal passages in order to keep airflow constant, thus improving the amount of oxygen that is getting to the brain. Another option is a dental device that repositions the tongue and jawbone to a point that corrects the original, snore-causing position.
Sleep Apnea often goes undiagnosed. If you, or someone you know may be showing signs of Sleep Apnea give us a call at (610) 489-5555 and set up an appointment with Dr. Silva, Collegeville’s leading Sleep Dentist!