What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your breathing to be blocked or partially blocked during sleep. The disorder can be mild to severe, based on how often your lungs cannot get enough oxygen. Sleep apnea occurs because the muscles of your throat and tongue relax too much during sleep and obstruct the airways in your mouth, nose, and throat.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
Because your airways become obstructed during sleep, many people do not realize that they have sleep apnea. Your partner may notice that you do the following during sleep:
- Stop breathing
- Gasp or choke
- Toss and turn
If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Lockwood may treat sleep apnea in Kenai, Alaska:
- Not feeling rested after a good night’s sleep
- Feeling drowsy during the day
- Waking with a headache
How is sleep apnea treated?
If you have sleep apnea, our dentist will supply you with an oral device. This custom-fitted device is worn in the mouth during sleep. By pushing the jaw and tongue forward, the oral device will keep your airways open and prevent you from snoring.
Please contact Kenai Dental Clinic today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.