Sleep apnea and snoring are more that a mere annoyance; they drastically reduces your quality of life and can lead to deadly health problems.
Snoring is a very common problem for people of various ages, and it can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops altogether because the airway becomes completely closed. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing in the middle of sleep, partially waking you up. Normally, you automatically readjust and fall back to sleep. This cycle can occur more than 100 times an hour, and you may not even be aware of it happening.
Sleep apnea and snoring can cause sleep deprivation and oxygen deprivation, which can lead to other health problems, including:
- daytime sleepiness
- low energy
- depressed immune system
- memory problems
- slow reaction time
Oxygen deprivation associated with sleep apnea often leads to:
- heart attack
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- morning headaches
We will first send you home with a High Definition Pulse Ox Monitor to use at night. This machine will give us the information we need to determine if a sleep study is needed.
We can help you stop snoring by fitting you for a Snore Appliance for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Similar to a mouth guard, this appliance holds your jaw in a forward position, keeping the airway open. We are now fitting myTAP appliances, a cost effective and compact treatment for sleep apnea.