Your Snoring May Be a Sign of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common, yet highly underdiagnosed condition that affects millions of people. Around 42 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea, and 75 percent of severe sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed! Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder and can lead to serious health concerns if left untreated. It happens with your breathing is interrupted during sleep, depriving your brain of oxygen. Most commonly, this happens when your airway becomes blocked by soft tissue from the back of your throat, inducing one of the most common symptoms, snoring. At Steadman Family Dentistry, we provide sleep apnea treatment to help reduce your risk of health issues and enjoy a good night’s rest.

Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Overall Health as Well as Your Sleep

Sleep apnea is commonly under-diagnosed because it occurs while you sleep. If left untreated, it can cause health issues such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, memory problems, impotence and headaches. The easiest way to tell if you have sleep apnea is to ask a bed mate—your snoring is likely waking them up too!

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Gasping for air at night
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Insomnia
  • Easily irritated
  • Difficulty concentrating

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– John, Patient

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Dental Appliances to Help You Sleep Better at Night

At Steadman Family Dentistry, we can create a custom sleep apnea appliance to help you breathe at night. You will wear this appliance while you sleep and it moves your jaw and tongue forward to provide an unobstructed airway. Unlike CPAP machines, these appliances are small, quiet and easily portable. Our doctors have advanced training and education from the Pankey Institute and The Dawson Academy to provide you with accurate diagnosis and effective therapy. You deserve to have an uninterrupted sleep so you are more alert and happy during the day.