Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disorder with fairly
benign symptoms such as loud snoring at night, and morning headaches
or daytime bouts of sleepiness. The cause? Intermittent periods
throughout sleep when you actually stop breathing.
Breathing cessation, or apnea, lasts from seconds to nearly a
minute. When breathing resumes, the brain senses lack of oxygen
and wakes you up. The snoring is loud, sometimes explosive.
In the morning, the build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood causes
headaches. And the lack of deep, relaxing sleep can leave one
drowsy and usually grouchy, during the day.
During sleep apnea , the upper air passages in the mouth and
throat are obstructed (no one is sure why). One form of treatment
that has proven successful is wearing an acrylic appliance during
sleep to keep air passages open. It's comfortable and easy to
For more information regarding sleep apnea please call our office.