Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Did you know snoring can be harmful?

What’s the Deal with Snoring?

Snoring is annoying, both to the snorer and the person sleeping next to him or her. But it could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Chronic, loud snoring disturbs the snorer’s sleep and leads to fatigue and daytime drowsiness. Lack of sleep can slow your neural and motor responses, incite memory difficulties, and reduce your performance and concentration at work and while driving. Snoring may also indicate a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition caused by a blocked airway near the base of the tongue.

Serious sleep apnea starts when snoring stops – along with your breathing. Sleep apnea can cause a person to stop breathing for periods of time, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.

When you stop breathing, your brain wakes you up, which usually results in a loud gasp and a resumption of snoring. This repeated cessation of breath and consequent waking can have a devastating effect on health. The oxygen in your blood can become depleted. There is even evidence that sleep apnea can worsen fibromyalgia and trigger hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you certainly aren’t alone: Obstructive sleep apnea affects more than 20 million Americans.

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Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Snoring could be just one of many signs of sleep apnea.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have OSA:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Morning headache
  • Irritability
  • Impaired memory and judgment
  • Mood disturbance

We Are Here to Help

Dr. Mitchmore uses his extensive training to restore a good night’s sleep.

We’d love to help. Dr. Randy Mitchmore has advanced training in various sleep problems associated with oral misalignment of the nose and mouth structure, especially sleep apnea.

We can prescribe and fit a special custom-made oral appliance to gently and safely hold the mouth and throat open during relaxed sleep and prevent snoring. You’ll find yourself waking refreshed without surgery or the need for an uncomfortable CPAP machine or other forced air device. Getting fitted for a custom oral appliance is a healthy, comfortable way to find yourself sleeping well again without costly procedures!

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