What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is breathing that is briefly interrupted multiple times during the night. The common sound of snoring is caused by the tissues of the throat constricting the airway, which leads to reduced oxygen intake. This depletion of oxygen will cause you to gasp for breath and startle you awake. This cycle repeats itself 100s of times a night. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in deep sleep, which you need to be productive and energetic. Sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues if left untreated, such as; high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and weight gain. With sleep apnea treatment, your symptoms can be controlled and you will be able to spend your nights in deep sleep, resulting in more productivity and happiness.
At Abingdon Family Dentistry we offer sleep apnea treatment with various oral appliances to suit each individual patients needs. All appliances are FDA approved. If you snore or have a CPAP that you do not use, give us a call today so we can help you get a better night’s rest.