Sleep Apnea and Snoring Affect More than You Think

While snoring can keep you from a good night’s sleep, you shouldn’t dismiss it as just an annoyance. Often, it signifies sleep apnea, a medical condition that impacts an estimated 12 to 20 million Americans. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, happens when the airway becomes blocked while you sleep. The lapses in breathing, which cause you to awaken and take a breath, can occur up to 30 times an hour and hundreds of times each night.

Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Increased Risk of Stroke
  • Memory Loss
  • Mood Disorders
  • Falling Asleep at Inappropriate Times
  • Weight Gain

A continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP, is the most common treatment. For patients who don’t tolerate the CPAP well or prefer a less awkward option, Dr. Reintjes may advise use of a nightguard. This custom oral appliance holds the jaw slightly forward to prevent closure of the airway.

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