Sleep Apnea

How well do you sleep?

Just about everyone snores occasionally.  But snoring can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep.  Sleep affects mood, causing depression.  You may also have long-term cardiovascular stress.  If you snore regularly and experience the symptoms below you may have a condition called sleep apnea.  Although it is as widespread as Asthma and Diabetes, sleep apnea often remains undiagnosed- a “hidden epidemic”.

Signs of sleep apnea:

  1. Has your partner noticed that you gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
  2. Do you often wake feeling unrefreshed?
  3. Do you sometimes fell excessively sleepy during the day?
  4. Have your energy and motivation levels decreased?
  5. Do you find it difficult to concentrate?

You also have a greater risk of sleep apnea if you are:

  1. Overweight
  2. A heavy snorer
  3. A family history of sleep apnea

Can this condition be treated?  How?

Yes, for mild to moderate sleep apnea and general snoring an oral appliance is an effective treatment when prescribed.  We use many different appliances depending on your specific situation.