Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of people. Those who have sleep apnea often snore and gasp for breath in their sleep. In addition, many sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time while they sleep. This can occur hundreds of time throughout one night. When left untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to such serious problems as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, depression, diabetes, poor performance in work or in school and accidents. All patients who snore and gasp for breath should be evaluated by a physician specializing in this disorder.
At our Huntington, IN dental practice, we have the ability to treat sleep apnea through a variety of appliances, which include CPAP alternatives. This should only be done after a sleep study on the recommendation of a physician. We invite you to ask us about a referral and appropriate care in this regard.