Sleep apnea is characterized by brief pauses in breathing during nighttime sleep. This can occur hundreds of times a night, depending on the severity of your condition. The poor quality of sleep that results from sleep apnea can not only disrupt your quality of life, but it can also compromise your overall health. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to serious health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and weight gain.
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Are you concerned that your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can occur in both adults and children, and our practice is qualified to treat both. The cessation in breathing that occurs in OSA patients happens when the throat muscles relax and the walls of surrounding soft tissues collapse or close in. This significantly decreases the amount of oxygen that can enter, and the brain responds by waking you up. In many cases, patients snore and then wake up gasping for air, which can occur multiple times an hour during the night.
At Pleasant Plains Dental, we not only treat your sleep apnea symptoms, but we are also equipped to diagnose your condition. We provide at-home testing and work closely with your medical provider for the most accurate and effective treatment plan. You may qualify for our advanced sleep apnea treatments if you snore, have CPAP intolerance or suffer from daytime symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, poor concentration or morning headaches. Our FDA oral appliances for sleep apnea work by holding the lower jaw forward enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and throat muscles from collapsing.
Contact us today to meet with Dr. Ernst about your sleep apnea or snoring problem. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for sleep apnea and pediatric sleep apnea, which includes an evaluation of your medical and sleep history, rhinometer and pharyngometer testing, and identification of risk factors. Restore your quality of sleep and improve your quality of life with the help of Pleasant Plains Dental.