Are you tired all the time? Do you have a hard time getting a full night’s rest, or do you experience chronic snoring? You may be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea. At Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Morton can help you get the sleep you and your family need with different sleep apnea treatment and diagnosis.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. In some cases, you may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. If you think you may have sleep apnea, contact our office for a consultation. Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is caused by airways in the throat and mouth collapsing during sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea you or your partner may notice:
- Extended pauses in breathing during sleep
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- Serious daytime sleepiness
- Irritability or personality change
- Poor memory or concentration
- Weight gain
If left untreated, sleep apnea increases risks of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Other serious health complications
Can Dr. Morton diagnose my sleep apnea?
Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA offers two sleep apnea treatment options:
Custom Mouthguards – A mouthguard can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. By keeping your mouth slightly open, you will be able to avoid anything from falling into your airway and causing the problematic blockage, as well as the resulting snoring.
Sleep Appliance – This treatment is a step above the normal mouthguard used to treat sleep apnea. If you need this level of treatment, Dr. Morton will sit down and go over all the specifics involved.