Do you or your partner snore? Do you often wake up finding it difficult to breathe? You or your partner may have sleep apnea.
45 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The condition is characterized by the obstruction of air during sleep. Tissues in the airways relax during sleep and become smaller and problems can occur when airways are obstructed by tissues. However, there are tell-tale symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea to look out for.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Keep an eye out for the signs of obstructive sleep apnea:
- Chronic migraines
- Sleepiness during the day
- Mood changes
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- Dry mouth
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition. However, there is treatment for sleep apnea at Westermann Family Dentistry.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Kim Westermann provides diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea at her Poquoson, VA office. She will first conduct a medical evaluation to determine if your symptoms are related to sleep apnea. Dr. Westermann may also recommend oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy utilizes a small retainer-like device which is custom-fit to teeth. The appliance opens up the airways and relaxes jaw muscles for restful sleep. Oral appliances are comfortable, portable, and make it easy for patients to eat or speak while wearing them.
Schedule an Appointment
Stop sleep apnea at the source. If you or a loved one are suffering from the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, call our professionals at (502) 219-3168. You can also schedule an appointment with us online here.