Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the soft tissues in your mouth and throat relax during sleep and block your airway. This causes frequent interruptions in breathing as you sleep. In the short term, this causes low-quality sleep and other symptoms. And if left untreated, OSA can lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes. Contact your Cary dentists at Myers + Co Family Dentistry now to schedule a consultation and get the help you need for sleep apnea in Cary, NC.
Many people who have sleep apnea have never been diagnosed, and don’t even know that they suffer from this sleep disorder.
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If your sleeping partner notes that you snore heavily and there are often interruptions or pauses in your snoring or breathing, you may have OSA. You may also sometimes wake up at night with a choking or gasping sensation.
You may not feel rested even after getting 7-8 hours or more of sleep. You may feel lethargic or drowsy during the day if you have sleep apnea.
Poor quality sleep can lead to mood swings, irritability, and a decrease in libido (sex drive). If you are experiencing these symptoms, it may be due to sleep apnea.
You may have headaches when you wake up in the morning. A dry mouth or sore throat are also common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
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To begin the process of treatment, you’ll need to see a sleep specialist for a sleep study. You’ll be monitored while you sleep, and your sleep specialist will check for OSA and other sleep disorders, and give you an official diagnosis.
We offer Oral Appliance Therapy at Myers + Co Family Dentistry. This is a special type of mouthguard that moves your jaw forward at night. This position helps prevent tissue from sagging into your airway, preventing sleep apnea.
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine uses a pump and face mask to gently pump air into your mouth and nose. This pressure prevents your tissue from sagging, and treats the symptoms of apnea.
Weight loss, stopping smoking, exercising more, and making other lifestyle changes can reduce or even eliminate sleep apnea. Listen to your doctor’s recommendations, and make the necessary changes to help reduce the severity of your apnea.
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