What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as collapsed airway tissues or the tongue rolling back in the throat. Sleep apnea has been linked to several serious health conditions, and it may even be life threatening when not treated. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
• Loud, frequent snoring
• Gasping or choking sensations during sleep
• Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
• Irritability and personality changes
• Frequent morning headaches
• Difficulty concentrating
• Excessive daytime drowsiness
• Difficulty staying asleep
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to contact Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann to learn about treatment for sleep apnea in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
How do you treat sleep apnea?
If you suffer from minor to moderate OSA, our dentist may recommend appliance therapy. This involves wearing a custom-made oral appliance designed to prevent airway obstructions as you sleep, allowing you to breathe continually.
What is a snore guard?
Many people who suffer from sleep apnea also snore; however, not all snorers have sleep apnea. For our patients who snore, we offer snore guards that help to minimize snoring. The snore guard is an oral appliance that you wear while you sleep to prevent snoring. To learn more about treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, we welcome you to contact our office today.