Michael J Aiello, DDS, PLC

What Is Sleep Apnea?

October 26, 2021
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Posted By: Michael J Aiello, DDS, PLC

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition characterized by lapses in breathing during sleep. This condition affects many people of all different ages, and it’s often linked to fatigue, weight gain, and headaches. If left untreated, sleep apnea can pose a severe risk to one’s health and even increase stroke and heart disease risks.

There are different types of sleep apnea, but perhaps the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With OSA, soft tissue blocks the airway, resulting in a lack of oxygen and waking from sleep. In some cases, this can happen hundreds of times a night. Not only is this dangerous because there’s decreased oxygen to the brain, but sleep deficiency takes a significant toll on the body and mind. 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea 

There are several signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea, but not everyone with this condition has these symptoms. Every person’s experience with sleep apnea differs. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, please contact us to schedule an appointment. 

  • Snoring or loud breathing during sleep
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Episodes of not breathing
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Dry mouth or dry throat
  • Fatigue 
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep deprivation

Other related signs and symptoms include depression, irritability, mood swings, and weight gain. 

How Our Dental Office Treats Sleep Apnea 

The dental office of Michael Aiello, DDS, offers practical, non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea in Clinton Township. First, your dentist screens you for sleep apnea and develops a treatment plan based on the results. He also appropriately refers patients to a sleep physician as needed. 

Depending on your unique case, we can offer a custom-fitted sleep appliance. For those who are intolerant of continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), a sleep appliance may be beneficial. Our custom sleep appliances slightly reposition the jaw and comfortably open up the airway to improve your breathing and sleep quality. 

Sleep appliances work well for those with mild sleep apnea, or patients may use them in combination with CPAP. 

Contact Your Clinton Township, MI Dentist

Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you relieve your sleep apnea symptoms.  

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