Sleep is a critical component to people health, both mental and physical. People suffering from sleep apnea suffer from sleep deprivation to varying degrees. Sleep apnea can cause loud snoring and cause people suffering from sleep apnea to stop breathing for short periods during sleep.
Sleep apnea is the result of tissues in the throat blocking your airway, depriving you of oxygen. This disrupts your sleep on a recurring basis, hundreds of times in a night, stopping you from achieving the level of sleep your body requires.
If you suffer from these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea:
• Sleepiness and fatigue on a daily basis
• Snoring that is loud
• Waking during the night gasping for breath or choking
• Headaches, particularly in the morning.
• A sore throat on an on-going basis, particularly in the morning
There are numerous health issues related to sleep apnea including:
• Increased risk of heart problems and stroke
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes and weight gain
• Irritability and even depression
There are a variety of treatments available for people with sleep apnea, not just CPAP machines. There are dental appliances that can provide an alternative solution to CPAP machines for sleep apnea. The benefits of dental appliances to that of CPAP machines is that they are more portable, more comfortable, easier to use and less expensive.
There are several different appliances including Narval, Panthera DSAD, SomnoMed MAS™, The TAP 3, SUAD or EMA. Dr. Konotopetz may also recommend a tongue retaining device. Dr. Konotopetz recommends based on the needs of the patient. Upon meeting with you, Dr. Konotopetz will conduct an examination and then suggest which appliance is best for your needs.