Sleep apnea can be characterized by repeated pauses in your breathing while you sleep. It can strike anyone at any age, children and adults alike. If pauses occur while you snore, and if choking or gasping follow the pauses, these are major signs that you have sleep apnea. This serious disorder can have significant consequences, increasing the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other serious illnesses. In children, what is often diagnosed as ADHD is actually a behavior problem related to breathing problems while sleeping. Some symptoms of sleep apnea include morning headaches, sleepiness during the day while at work or school, memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate, feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes.
Southtowns Dental is a three-generation, family-oriented practice. With more than 30 years of experience, we’ve seen thousands of patients, and we offer all the benefits of a large dental office, with a family feel included. Because we have five dentists at one location, we have the unique ability to perform all types of modern dentistry under one roof, at the highest level of care.
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Snoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores, but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer. However, there are dentist-prescribed solutions for a more restful night’s sleep. These devices are flexible, thin and comfortable, and exhibit documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.
The first step is to figure out what’s keeping you or your child from getting the restful sleep that’s so crucial to good health and well-being. So if you have any questions about sleep apnea, please contact our office or schedule an appointment for a consultation. We can start the process that will determine what’s best for you.