Snoring is commonly a sign that you may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is a chronic condition that restricts airflow while sleeping. OSA too often goes undiagnosed, and left untreated can lead to serious health problems and even death. Darien, CT dentist Dr. Davind Pereira offers comprehensive treatment for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the mouth relax, blocking the airway. When the airways are blocked, the normal oxygen flow is disrupted, cutting off air to vital organs.
Signs & Symptoms Factors of Sleep Apnea
Knowing your risk factors, and the symptoms of sleep apnea can help you know to seek treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment are ideal to prevent further health complications associated with OSA. Males are twice as likely to develop sleep apnea. Patients who are overweight, smoke, have high blood pressure or a large neck circumference are at a higher risk of having OSA. You may have sleep apnea if you experience any combination of the following symptoms:
- Chronic fatigue or grogginess
- Dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Waking in the night to gasp for air
- Restless sleep
Diagnosing & Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Pereria will work with you and your general physician or sleep specialists to conduct a sleep study to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. Once diagnosed, Dr. Pereira can custom fit and fabricate an oral sleep appliance that will help you keep your airway open while you are sleep, eliminating the negative impacts of sleep apnea.
Oral sleep appliances are a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional CPAP machines. The oral sleep device is much like a sports mouthguard. Customized to precisely fit your mouth, the device is easy to wear. Compact, the device can easily fit in your overnight bag or suitcase for travel.
Schedule A Consultation
If you suspect that you or your partner are experiencing signs of sleep apnea, it is important to undergo a sleep study to diagnose your OSA. Early intervention could save your life. For treatment for OSA contact our Darien, CT dentist office or schedule your consultation online with our convenient form.