Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that most often affects men and overweight Warsaw and Geneseo residents. When certain muscles and tissues in the back of the throat become too relaxed, the flow of air can become restricted during sleep, causing sleep apnea sufferers to actually stop breathing. This can happen up to 400 times per night!
The most common signs of sleep apnea are snoring and fatigue, but sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder, that when left untreated, can interfere with hormone production, cardiovascular function, weight loss, and your ability to function normally during the day.
The usual treatment for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine, which is worn during sleep and pumps air to prevent airway closures. While CPAP is a good solution for some, other Warsaw and Geneseo residents may find that sleeping with a large mask is difficult and cumbersome.
Luckily, Dr. Gburek, Dr. Barone, Dr. Hetrick and Dr. Moore are experts in treating sleep apnea with methods that do not require a CPAP machine, such as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). To find out more, schedule your consultation today.