Sleep Apnea Therapy in Danville & Chatham
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder affecting millions of US adults each year. Apnea is the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea may experience 100’s of these apnea events during a single night. Because the side effects of sleep apnea are so varied, many patients suffer from sleep apnea for years before a diagnosis is made. If you experience any combination of the following symptoms, you may want to seek diagnosis for sleep apnea:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Waking out of breath or gasping
- Excessive exhaustion during the day
- Change in character or mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
- Chronic morning headaches
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, most sleep physicians will recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. However, many patients struggle to adjust to the sounds or sensations of CPAP. If you’re one of these sleep apnea sufferers, we invite you to contact Danville Dental Associates to find out more about how dentists can help you sleep more soundly at night.
There are actually two forms of sleep apnea. The less common type is central sleep apnea, and it occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to inhale during sleep. The more common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. As the name suggests, this form of apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep. More advanced medical treatments may be necessary for patients suffering from central sleep apnea, but for those patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a comfortable, portable, custom oral appliance from our dentists may provide adequate relief, allowing patients to rest peacefully, breathe deeply, and sleep soundly.