OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

Do you snore?

Does snoring keep you or a loved one awake?

Smile Works provides a comprehensive solution to sleep apnea using dental appliances that help patients finally achieve a full night’s rest.  In fact, Dr. Haider is one of the few dentists certified to treat sleep apnea in the Lake Forest area.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Normal Breathing imageWHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?

Obstructive Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep – creating an absence of airflow despite respiratory effort.  It is usually due to upper airway collapse. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with obstructive sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many believe they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA?

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these,

  • 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

Dr. Haider is happy to discuss obstructive sleep apnea with you and assess your need for treatment. Contact us today.

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