January 2, 2017

Model Sleeping in Bed Next to Alarm Clock

Obstructive sleep apnea is almost always accompanied by chronic snoring, but just because you snore doesn’t mean you have OSA. It’s sort of like how every square is a rectangle but not every rectangle is a square. In addition to snoring, sufferers often experience chronic fatigue, confusion, and fitful sleep. Learn more about the risk factors and symptoms of OSA — then turn to Dr. Hanna Mansoor for sleep apnea therapy in Gilbert.

How to Recognize Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the lower jaw and tongue collapse into the airway during sleep, partially or completely blocking the transmission of oxygen to the brain. Desperate for air, the brain sends out an emergency signal to wake the body up. A person with OSA may have their sleep interrupted hundreds of times per night. 

Risk factors for developing obstructive sleep apnea include being overweight or obese, male, over the age of 55, heavy use of alcohol or tobacco, and certain medications for depression, anxiety, or sleep. 

OSA is characterized by…

  • Loud, chronic, persistent snoring
  • Fitful sleep, including waking with a gasp or choking sound (often observed by a partner)
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Daytime fatigue or exhaustion
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Confusion and difficulty completing everyday tasks, like driving
  • Anxiety or depression

If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from the exhausting effects of sleep apnea, do not wait to seek treatment. Untreated, OSA has been linked to heart trouble, respiratory issues, and even premature death. The risk of car crashes also greatly increases in sleepy drivers. Seek treatment for your sleep apnea soon — your very life depends on it. 

How We Treat Sleep Apnea

At Smiles By Hanna, we provide sleep apnea therapy for patients using a custom-fitted removable oral appliance. It is small, portable, and comfortable for consistent use. The removable oral appliance works by holding the lower jaw and tongue in position, preventing their collapse and keeping the airway clear throughout the night. 

The removable oral appliance provides significant advantages compared to the CPAP, which has long been the standard in sleep apnea treatment. The CPAP is a bulky face mask that keeps the lungs open by forcing air into the mouth during sleep. Unfortunately, many sufferers of OSA find the treatment to be more disruptive than their original symptoms and abandon CPAP altogether. 

Sleep apnea therapy with the removable oral appliance brings relief at long last. 

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Have you recently received a diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea in Gilbert? Dr. Hanna can help you find relief in refreshing, rejuvenating sleep. Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for sleep apnea therapy at Smiles By Hanna.