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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Sleep Apnea can prevent you from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

Sleep Apnea Signs

The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the severity of each individual case. We will refer you to a specialist if we suspect sleep apnea upon completion of your comprehensive exam. Treatment may include an oral device that can be used to position the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage.

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