What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsing tissues in the airway. Sleep apnea can lead to several serious conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

Do I have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your experienced dentists, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

What is sleep apnea treatment?

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea in Springdale, Arkansas, Dr. Parham may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit us at J. PARHAM DENTISTRY today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!