Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition in which a person repeatedly stops breathing while sleeping due to the airway collapsing. This affects the person’s health in a variety of ways, from poor sleep and fatigue to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Some of the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability and memory loss.
Dr. Brazeal can aid in identifying and treating sleep apnea. There are dental appliances for treating sleep apnea that bring the jaw forward, thereby maintaining an open airway. This will result in more restful sleep, less snoring, less fatigue and better overall health.
If you are already using a CPAP machine but find it uncomfortable and difficult to comply with, Dr. Brazeal can discuss the dental appliances that may be more appropriate for you.
For more information, visit SomnoMed as these are the dental appliances Dr. Brazeal uses to treat sleep apnea.