Sleep Apnea

Regain Sound Sleep

Patients who assume they sleep through the night but find that they are becoming more and more exhausted during the day may need sleep apnea treatment. Common to individuals who suffer from extreme snoring, this sleep disorder causes you to wake up several times a night. The results of sleep apnea may include fatigue and a host of other unpleasant symptoms. Learn whether sleep apnea treatment may improve your life by scheduling a visit with us at Riverside Dental Group.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs from over-relaxed throat muscles. In patients without sleep apnea, throat muscles support throat tissues during sleep, keeping them from touching one another. If your throat muscles partially relax, you may snore when your throat tissues vibrate against one another as you breathe. However, if your throat muscles fully relax, so do your throat tissues. The result is a complete collapse of tissues, which blocks your airways, inhibiting you from breathing. This may occur hundreds of times a night.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

The main symptom of sleep apnea is the nightly waking event. When you stop breathing, your brain will recognize that it requires more oxygen and will signal you to wake up. You will wake suddenly, trying to breathe in quickly. This may sound like choking if you sleep next to a significant other. Because the event happens quickly, most patients do not remember it when they wake up. They do, however, recognize other symptoms:

  • Daily fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Sore throat in the morning
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Chronic headaches

Treatment

Fortunately, we may treat your sleep apnea disorder with comfortable, noninvasive treatment. Much like the therapy we rely on for bruxism and TMJ disorder, we provide patients with oral appliance therapy. You will wear a device similar to a mouth guard while you sleep each night. It will create a minor shift in the alignment of your jaw to encourage open air passages for undisturbed sleep.