A sleep disorder called sleep apnea is characterized by pauses and disturbances in breathing while you’re asleep. Each night, there may be dozens of these pauses. When the soft tissues in your throat or your tongue collapse or roll back to restrict the airway, it results in obstructive sleep apnea. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of grave illnesses, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver issues.
Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Irritability and personality changes
- A dry or sore throat upon waking up
- Frequent headaches in the morning
Depending on the severity of your disease, our office offers a variety of therapies. Our dentists may advise a CPAP machine or an oral appliance to fit over your teeth and keep your airways open if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea. In more severe cases, we might advise oral surgery like Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which involves surgically removing the extra tissues from your upper mouth and throat.
Please get in touch with our office right away for additional details on sleep apnea treatment and to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.