If you or your partner snores, it may be necessary to investigate sleep apnea. Contact us today for a consultation.
Do you snore often, to the point that you wake your bed partner or even yourself up multiple times a night? Do you find yourself feeling fatigued, even after a supposedly "good night's sleep"? If so, you may be among the millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea.
If you snore often, to the point that you wake your bed partner or even yourself up multiple times a night, and get up feeling fatigued, you may need to investigate sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which is characterized by interruptions of the normal breathing cycle during periods of sleep. These interruptions can sometimes occur hundreds of times during a single night, and can last up to a minute or more.
Sleep apnea is a common condition, affecting over 12 million Americans. The segments of the population most commonly affected by sleep apnea include individuals who are male, obese, over 40 years of age, or heavy alcohol users; but women, children, and people of all weight ranges and lifestyles can be affected.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause cardiovascular difficulties, headaches, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, impotence, or weight gain; in severe cases, this condition can be potentially life threatening and lead to irregular heartbeat, heart attack, or stroke.
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea.
Our team provides obstructive sleep apnea treatment for patients by creating removable, customized oral appliances. These appliances are meant to be worn at night to help ensure that the upper airways stay open.
This non-invasive method of treatment is highly successful, and can successfully treat most mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea without the necessity for surgical treatment. These appliances have also been shown to be highly effective at reducing snoring.
To find out whether you are a candidate for sleep apnea treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Postol today.