Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment in Lawrenceville, GA
The Link Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common problem that affects nearly 90 million American adults. It’s often described as a humming, rasping, or snorting sound caused by the vibration of tissue when a person is sleeping.
Snoring is a serious disruption that can happen each night or irregularly, and it can affect people of any gender or age. About half of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder.
If you suffer with heavy snoring and you’re also feeling sluggish and irritable during the day, you may have sleep apnea. Dr. Helios Houenou in Lawrenceville, GA will make sure you get the proper diagnosis and the treatment you need for snoring and sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes a person to stop breathing several times throughout the night. This occurs when the patient’s airway is blocked by excess tissue and their ability to breathe properly is interrupted, reducing the level of oxygen traveling to the brain. When these episodes occur, the brain detects the lack of oxygen and triggers the individual to wake up and gasp for air.
Those who suffer with sleep apnea may experience hundreds of apnea episodes in a single night, but they typically don’t remember waking up. That’s why it’s often your spouse or sleep partner who first notices your sleep apnea symptoms.
Daytime Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea dramatically impacts your life. Some of the major symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking up with a headache
- Recent weight gain
- Reduced libido
- Still feeling tired when you wake up
- Little to no energy or motivation
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to greater health risks such as heart disease, obesity, depression, diabetes, and more.
CPAP Alternatives With Dr. Houenou
CPAP machines are a common treatment for sleep apnea. Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea are often given CPAP as a first option. Although it’s a standard solution, many people are unhappy with CPAP. They often complain about the machine being loud, awkward, and restrictive.
Dr. Houenou is an experienced sleep dentist. He offers an effective, customized alternative for patients who are dissatisfied with their CPAP machine. An oral appliance provides a more comfortable, minimally invasive treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
This small device works to position the lower and upper jaw slightly forward in order to clear the obstruction in your airway. It’s easy to use, portable, and best of all, it doesn’t make any noise.
Time To Feel Energized Again
Once you’ve been accurately diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Houenou can help find a treatment you’ll feel comfortable with. If CPAP isn’t for you, we can recommend an oral appliance to help relieve your sleep apnea and snoring. Each device is made specifically to meet your individual needs and fits your mouth comfortably to provide effective results.
Leave your fatigue behind by seeking treatment at Optima Dental in Lawrenceville, GA. To learn more about our sleep apnea care, contact our office at (770) 962-4322 and speak with a member of our friendly staff. Or just fill out our easy form to schedule your next visit. It’s time to feel energized again.