Without Treatment for Sleep Apnea, You Could…
continue to lose sleep every night…
suffer from systemic problems like high blood pressure, heart disease or acid reflux…
suffer from frequent headaches…
have a fatal sleep apnea episode where the oxygen is withheld from your brain for too long…
have an accident due to falling asleep during the day
Sleep Apnea Puts Your Rest and Health At Risk
Sleep apnea destroys more than just your rest. It has been linked to such diseases as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It can also be fatal in some cases.
The best way to find out if you could have this common problem is to make an appointment with our Tampa area dentist, Dr. Sarah Jockin, for a full examination. Contact our office today.
The Position of Your Throat and Palate Is a Key to Sleep Apnea
Why do so many children and adults suffer from sleep apnea and what causes the condition? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when something blocks your airway during sleep. Many times, the palate falls into the airway, making it impossible for the air to move smoothly. This causes the body to react violently, pushing the air suddenly from the lungs and causing snoring, snorting and/or gasping. Some people have sleep apnea episodes more than 30-40 times an hour, which is considered a severe form of the condition.
The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to keep the airways open and reduce the blockage.
Will Insurance Pay for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
In some cases, insurance coverage will help offset the cost of sleep apnea treatment. Our team will work with you to determine if your provider offers this option.
Snoring Is Only One of the Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring or snorting at regular intervals when you sleep.
- Awakening suddenly and gasping for breath, as if you have been choked.
- Having a scratchy or sore throat when you wake up every morning.
- Feeling exhausted even though you should have gotten enough sleep.
- Falling asleep during the day, possibly even in dangerous situations like when driving a car or operating machinery.
- Being told by your sleeping partner that he or she can no longer sleep next to you because of your snoring.
- Knowing that other close family members have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea is Available From Dr. Jockin
At our dental office, we treat people with sleep apnea using the most advanced solutions.
- Somnodent Appliances – These oral appliances are made to fit your mouth and hold the jaw slightly open when you sleep.
- CPAP Devices – This proven device pushes air into your throat at night. It helps keep your throat from closing and blocking your air.
Dr. Jockin may also help you develop personalized plans that include at-home lifestyle changes you can make to lessen your sleep apnea symptoms, such as losing weight or trying different sleeping positions.