Sleep Apnea

Do you struggle getting a good night of rest? Are you constantly tired even after a full night of sleep? Sleep apnea affects many people without them even realizing it. Getting relief from sleep apnea can benefit you in many ways including better rest, better health and better productivity. 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Morning headaches
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking throughout the night, gasping for air
  • Dry mouth
  • Trouble focusing throughout the day
  • Drowsiness while driving
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Memory loss

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea & Central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airways become blocked during sleep. Many factors can contribute to this such as your jaw position, a small airway, recessed chin, large overbite, age or weight gain. The key to treating obstructive sleep apnea is opening up the airways to allow you to breathe properly as you sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t signal the lungs to fully breathe as you sleep. Both can affect not only your sleep but your overall health as well.

Risks of Sleep Apnea

Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to many serious health risks, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • High Blood Pressure

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Although the CPAP machine has been one of the most common forms of sleep apnea treatment in years past, dentists are finding that an oral appliance can be highly effective in helping treat sleep apnea. Getting a consultation for sleep apnea can help determine the best possible treatment for you. If you are experiencing signs of sleep apnea in Denver, CO, call today to set up a consultation!

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