Dr. Bondad knows that snoring can be stressful for your relationships. But it can also signal a serious sleep issue that is dangerous to your health. Many people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) exhibit snoring as a primary symptom.
With obstructive sleep apnea, soft oral tissues collapse during sleep, block airflow, and suspend normal breathing. This can occur hundreds of times a night. On some occasions, the sleeper wakes abruptly, choking or gasping for air. The body’s natural defensive mechanism kicks in, and breathing resumes, but deep REM sleep is never achieved. This lack of deep sleep causes daytime lethargy, exhaustion, forgetfulness, and memory loss. It can also lead to falling asleep at inappropriate times, which can put you in danger. OSA patients also face a greater risk for heart attack and premature death. Dr. Bondad takes sleep apnea seriously, and so should you.
For those who are diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are several treatment options. One is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which uses air pressure to keep your airway open during sleep. CPAP is generally effective, but many patients find the bulk of the machine, facemask, and flexible hose unwieldy or uncomfortable. If you are CPAP intolerant or just want an alternative, Dr. Bondad can provide you with an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea. An oral appliance, or night guard, correctly positions the jaw so the airway stays open while you sleep.
A simple, comfortable night guard could be the right treatment for you. Whether you suspect you may have sleep apnea or already know that you’re CPAP intolerant, call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bondad. He’ll evaluate your condition and work toward the best solution for your sleep apnea.