At Team Leatherman Care Dentistry, we are proud to help our patients in the Lorain, OH area treat their sleep apnea for a better night’s sleep and improved health!
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing for short periods during sleep. The person may stop breathing hundreds of times during the night and not know it. As the person begins breathing again, they may make a loud snoring sound. An airway blockage causes obstructive sleep apnea. The blockage is usually due to a collapse of the tissues at the back of the throat during sleep.
Why Should Sleep Apnea be Addressed?
Sleep apnea has many undesirable side effects. It makes it difficult to sleep soundly, resulting in fatigue, difficulty focusing, memory loss, irritability, and other effects of exhaustion. In addition, sleep apnea can cause potentially life-threatening health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, depression, and heart failure. Not to mention—it is difficult for the family of someone with sleep apnea to get a proper night’s sleep!
How Can Sleep Apnea be Treated?
Patients with sleep apnea can wear an oral device during sleep that pushes the jaw forward, preventing the back of the throat from collapsing and opening the airways for improved breathing. We offer these devices at our practice and will customize them to ensure they fit properly, securely, and comfortably so you can enjoy better sleep.