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Sleep Apnea

Many people snore every now and then, but loud habitual snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. Apnea is a Greek word for "without breath." In addition to snoring, people with sleep apnea temporarily stop breathing while they sleep.

What Causes Snoring?

Your throat muscles relax while you sleep, your tongue falls back, and your throat narrows, restricting your airway. The vibrating walls of your throat produce the snoring sound, and the harder the vibration, the louder the sound.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

  • Feeling excessively sleepy in the daytime
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Gasping for air during your sleep
  • Pauses in breathing while you sleep, which are observed by someone else
  • Recent weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or paying attention

Not only does this condition interfere with your sleep, it contributes to low blood-oxygen levels. These factors contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, mood disorders, and memory problems. So it’s important to determine if you have this disorder and to get proper treatment for it.

Sleep Apnea

Determining If You Have Sleep Apnea

Dr. Brady Sherly can determine if you have this condition. He uses Eccovision® diagnostic equipment to assess the location and severity of your airway obstruction. The simple test, which projects sound waves into your airway, takes only a few minutes to complete.

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Treatment is provided with an oral appliance that fits over your teeth. You will wear the appliance at night to slightly project your lower jaw forward and prevent your tongue from falling back and obstructing your airway. The appliance will be custom made to fit your mouth, so it will be comfortable while you sleep.

If you or someone you love is a chronic snorer, or if you suspect that sleep apnea may be the problem, contact our office to schedule an appointment.