Sleep apnea, a disruptive sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, poses significant health risks if left untreated. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, occurs when the airway becomes blocked in some way, often due to the tongue rolling back or tissues collapsing in the throat. This obstruction can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, hypertension and liver issues, underscoring the importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment.

If you suspect you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, it is essential to consult with a sleep physician for proper diagnosis and management. Alongside your physician, our dentist can offer guidance and support tailored to your specific needs. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Mood changes and irritability
  • Behavioral disorders, including depression and anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty staying asleep at night
  • Snoring, especially when there are long pauses in breathing
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Frequent headaches when waking in the morning
  • Gasping or choking sensations and sounds while asleep
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory impairment

Treatment for sleep apnea varies depending on its severity. For those with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, a simple yet effective option may be an oral appliance. These devices, custom-fitted to your mouth, work by repositioning the jaw or tongue to keep the airway open during sleep. By preventing airway blockages, oral appliances help alleviate symptoms and promote restful sleep.

At McFarland Family Dental, we prioritize your health and wellbeing, offering personalized solutions to address sleep apnea and improve overall quality of life. If you are seeking effective treatment for sleep apnea in McFarland, Wisconsin, we encourage you to contact us at 608-838-9731 or text us at 855-868-0183. We will be happy to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leland Judd and help you achieve better sleep for optimal health.

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