Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder where a person’s breathing is interrupted while they are asleep. People with Sleep Apnea stop breathing several times a night. This results in the brain and the rest of the body not getting enough oxygen. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common type of apnea where the airway gets blocked by the soft tissue in the back of the throat. This can happen hundreds of times in one night. When breathing starts again, it may be as a gasp or a jerk of the body.

Who can get Sleep Apnea?

Both adults and children can be affected by Sleep Apnea . The probability of being impacted is higher for people with the following risk factors.

  • Being overweight
  • Being over age 40
  • Nasal obstruction or sinus problems

What happens if I don’t treat my Sleep Apnea disorder?

Untreated this disorder can lead to increased chances for

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

Do I have Sleep Apnea?

The best way to diagnose Sleep Apnea is by going through a sleep study. Some of the common symptoms of this disease are

  • Being fatigued or sleepy during the day
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Being forgetful, depressed or irritable
  • Night Sweats
  • Dry mouth when waking up
  • Sore throat when waking up
  • Snoring
  • Waking up suddenly with gasping or choking sensation

How do I treat my Sleep Apnea?

Midway Dental is proud to be a provider of the SomnoMed® device which is custom fitted for each patient. This orthodontic device resembles a retainer and is worn during sleep to increase the airway volume and reduce collapsibility. It works by comfortably repositioning the jaw to prevent the airway from being restricted and allows for a better nights sleep because breathing is not interrupted. It is a great alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the traditional CPAP machines.

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