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.