Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) describes a dysfunction that causes patients to stop breathing while asleep. It is often caused by oral and throat tissues blocking the airway, and is, therefore, marked by increasingly loud episodes of snoring. Patients who suffer from OSA may not realize that their snoring is problematic. However, if it remains a consistent issue, then you should speak with Dr. Allen or Dr. Neumann as soon as possible about the potential need for custom sleep apnea treatment. In many cases, we can help you find relief with a simple, custom-designed, oral appliance that helps keep your airway clear while you sleep.

What is Sleep Apnea?

In Greek, the word “apnea” means to stop breathing. Appropriately, sleep apnea means to stop breathing in your sleep. Snoring grows louder as your airway becomes blocked by oral tissues, and eventually, the obstruction can prevent you from breathing altogether. After a few moments, your brain will force your body to clear its airway and start breathing again, but the constant interruptions can prevent you from reaching a deep, restful level of sleep.

How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea

The symptoms of sleep apnea are not as direct as many other dental issues. For instance, tooth decay and cavities produce a specific set of symptoms, such as tooth sensitivity and persistent bad breath. By contrast, the consequences of sleep apnea (aside from snoring) may take a while to notice. Over time, lack of deep sleep can lead to symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as daytime fatigue, unusual irritability, and an inability to concentrate, among many others. If you or a family member snores consistently, then speak with Dr. Allen or Dr. Neumann today about custom sleep apnea treatment.

Ask Your Dentist if You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment

Find appropriate treatment for snoring and sleep apnea so you and your family can finally rest peacefully. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen or Dr. Neumann, call our dental office in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.