Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea affects 1 in 15 people in the U.S., with men and those over the age of 40 being at higher risk.* Most commonly characterized by snoring and waking up breathless, sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes breathing to stop and start during sleep, often resulting in the patient quickly waking up multiple times throughout the night and feeling unrested the following day.

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition, but treatment options are available to help patients sleep better at night, and feel better during the day. Dr. Richard D. Weigand is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, dedicated to using oral appliance therapy to help patients get a good night’s rest.

The Importance of Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Most people do not even know they have sleep apnea, as the condition cannot be diagnosed through routine appointments or blood tests. However, if left untreated, sleep apnea can put your health at risk.

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring or choking
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Headaches in the mornings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Feeling irritable

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They are always friendly and very concerned about not only your dental health, but your mental health as well. They make you feel at ease and tell you everything they are going to do.
– Mildred V.

Risk Factors Associated with Sleep Apnea

  • Depression
  • Higher risk of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart or liver concerns
  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain

If you have difficulty staying asleep or wake up gasping for breath, you may be at risk of sleep apnea.