What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur 5 to 30 or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow. This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness. Dr. Pharr, Dr. Mendez and Dr. Snober will COLLABORATE WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN and fabricate a dental appliance that aids in the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep-disorder breathing.
What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?
- According to Mayo Clinic, the symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability
- High blood pressure
- Nighttime sweating
- Decreased libido
Sleep Apnea Treatment
As prosthodontists, Drs. Pharr, Mendez and Snober are uniquely qualified to provide patients with this service. A prosthodontist is extensively trained in the fabrication of oral prosthetics and also receives extra training with regard to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which also plays a major role in oral appliance therapy for sleep-disorder breathing. Dr. Pharr is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
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