Sleep Apnea Treatment & Snoring Appliances in Jacksonville
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatment
Highly trained dentists such as Dr. Altenbach are able to treat obstructive sleep apnea with proven treatments and appliances. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airflow is blocked during sleep, often caused by the collapsing of soft tissue in the back of the throat.
Sleep apnea and snoring can both be treated successfully with oral appliances. Worn only at night, these custom fitted dental devices are comfortable enough to sleep in and provide the ability to get much needed rest and deep sleep. Additional options include Continuous Positive Air Pressure (constant air pressure keeps your airway open while sleeping) and surgery.
What Are The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is the interruption of normal breathing patterns during sleep, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate more than 12 million Americans are affected by the disorder. The NIH also suggests that only 16 percent of sufferers receive treatment. When left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe consequences to your overall health, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, depression, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, concentration impairment, and memory loss.
People who are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea may recognize interrupted sleep, but in many cases, family members are the first to notice the symptoms of sleep apnea which include:
- Loud Snoring
- Gasping for air or choking during sleep
- Painful headaches in the morning
- Urinating frequently throughout the night
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Memory problems and difficulty concentrating