When you wake up in the morning, do you feel rested or do you routinely feel like you've barely slept. For patients who struggle with sleep apnea, the latter is a familiar feeling. That's because sleep apnea patients stop breathing while asleep. After a while, the brain sends out a signal to the body, waking it up to take a breath. This happens repeatedly throughout the night, with the patient experiencing regular intervals of wakefulness, even if he or she never wakes up completely.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Of course, not every case of daytime drowsiness means you're struggling with sleep apnea. But if your partner routinely complains about your loud snoring, then you may, in fact, be struggling with sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea often go hand-in-hand because they have a similar cause: obstructed airways. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) results from the tongue or lower jaw blocking air's path to your lungs, while snoring results from air trying to squeeze past these obstructions.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Accidents at work, home, or behind the wheel
If left untreated, sleep apnea can even lead to more serious health risks, like high blood pressure, heart trouble, and even premature death.
Dr.Tiso is currently evaluating and treating patients for OSA with oral appliance therapy which can be an effective alternative to CPAP.
Call our office today for more information and to find out if this therapy is right for you.