Obstructed sleep apnea is a serious problem that can affect men and women of all ages. It involves an obstruction of your airway at night while you are sleeping. In most cases, the muscles of your throat become so relaxed that they cut off air. In some cases, it can involve the position of your tongue or your teeth and the way that you relax while you are sleeping. When you are a victim of obstructed sleep apnea, you can actually stop breathing at night. It may occur hundreds of times in the most severe cases. This deprives your body of the oxygen that is vital for your good health. It places a strain on your heart and lungs. If left untreated, you can have major health problems and an increased risk of death.
What are Symptoms of Obstructed Sleep Apnea?
If you live by yourself, it may be harder to determine that you may have sleep apnea. You may find that you are extremely restless at night. You may wake up often, yet not know why. Dreams of choking are a common indicator that your airway is being obstructed periodically throughout the night. Snoring is another indicator that you may suffer from obstructed sleep apnea. It is often a spouse or partner that notices how restless a person with sleep apnea is at night.
What Can be Done to Treat Obstructed Sleep Apnea?
We offer various treatment options for obstructed sleep apnea. During Oral Appliance Therapy, a special mouthpiece can be worn that holds your jaw in place in order to make it easier for you to breathe. Once treated, you will find that you are no longer exhausted, your mind is clearer, and you will rest with ease. Your body will thank you when you make sure it is getting the oxygen that you need.
Talk to Our Dentist About Obstructed Sleep Apnea
If you are not sleeping well at night or your partner has noticed that you wake often, obstructed sleep apnea could be to blame. Set up a time to visit the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart to discuss your concerns about your sleeping patterns. Our experienced dentist can ask questions, examine you, and come up with a customized treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.