Sleep apnea is a condition that affects breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea can interrupt breathing entirely or make it very shallow, and it can occur hundreds of times during the night. When left untreated sleep apnea can affect sleep as when your breathing is disturbed you will often wake up or sleep lightly rather than a deep, restorative sleep. When we are deprived of deep sleep our concentration, productivity, memory and reflexes can be negatively affected, so it is important to have sleep apnea treated.

There are symptoms of sleep apnea and they include daytime sleepiness, choking or gasping during sleep, waking up feeling out of breath, and loud and chronic snoring. Snoring is a particularly major symptom and although not all snorers have sleep apnea, it is worth being checked out.

Sleep apnea and snoring treatment is available at Anderson Dental which will help you breathe easier during sleep and thus have a better night’s rest. The sleep apnea and snoring treatment offered is Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure, or CPAP, and it involves wearing a mask-like machine. This machine provides a constant stream of air which ensures your breathing passages are kept open while you sleep. Best of all for anyone using them, CPAP technology is constantly evolving and they are now lighter, quieter and much more comfortable than they ever have been in the past.

Aside from CPAP, Oral Appliance Therapy is also available as sleep apnea and snoring treatment. This treatment consists of a custom-made mouthpiece that you wear at night and it works by shifting the lower jaw forward slightly, which opens the airway. Oral Appliance Therapy as a sleep apnea and snoring treatment is very effective and it is extremely simple, both of which make it very appealing to any sufferer of sleep apnea.

At Anderson Dental we can give you advice, support and treatment for sleep apnea and snoring, so when you leave our surgery you will feel much more confident and reassured than you did before your visit.

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