Snoring and sleepiness should not be ignored. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious and chronic (lifelong) medical condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. OSA has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, work and driving related accidents, and placing strain on relationships between bed partners and family members. Talking to your doctor about your sleep problems is critical. While we sleep, gravity and muscle relaxation allows the tongue and surrounding soft tissue to fall back into the throat area, collapsing the airway and obstructing the air flow.
• Waking up with a very sore or dry throat.
• Occasionally waking up with a choking or
• Sleepiness while driving.
• Recurrent awakenings or insomnia.
• Loud snoring.
• Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day.
• Restless sleep.
• Morning headaches.
• You have diabetes or other health problem.
Only a physican can diagnose you with sleep apnea, using the results from your sleep test.
In addition to losing weight and exercising, your physician may recommend a variety of treatment options. However you have a choice. If your preference is oral appliance therapy - your physician will refer you a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine.
The SomnoMed Providing Dentist will assess your dental health to determine if you are a qualified candidate for an oral device and provide treatment. They will also verify your medical insurance or medicare coverage for this treatment.
In order to asses how well your treatment is working, you may be directed to schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician.
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