What is Sleep Apnea?
Helping You Get Back to Sound Sleep
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep — in many cases as much as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing.
Since the time spent awake is brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many believe they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are getting just the opposite. This constant wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
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The following symptoms can indicate sleep apnea:
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
Loud snoring at night
Waking up at night short of breath
Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
Headaches upon waking in the morning
Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
What should I do if I suspect I have sleep apnea?
Our dentists may recommend a sleep study to diagnose the precise extent of the problem and prescribe appropriate treatment.
Depending on your situation, treatment may involve an oral device. At McMahon Family Dental, we offer an oral appliance called OPTISLEEP®, which helps control your sleep apnea, can treat snoring, and offers comfort from the start.
With OPTISLEEP, you’ll experience a smooth digital design process with a thin, durable appliance, maximizing your comfort.