If you have sleep apnea, your breathing pauses abnormally while you sleep. The pauses can occur more than 30 times an hour. Why is this happening? The muscles in your throat relax and cause your airway to narrow or close. Your brain senses this and wakes you up so you can take a deep breath. You’ll often wake up with a loud snore or snort as you gasp for breath.
If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, get treatment because it can also be a sign of other health issues. Sleep apnea also increases your risk of serious conditions and diseases:
Dr. Rafaat uses dental devices to treat sleep apnea so that you — and your significant other — can get a good night’s sleep. He works with you to determine which option is best for you. One option, the mandibular advancement device, is similar to a mouthguard that athletes use when they play sports. It helps keep your air passage open by moving your lower jaw down.
Another option, a tongue-retaining device, keeps your tongue in the proper position so your air passage isn’t blocked. Dr. Rafaat periodically adjusts it to ensure proper function. With your airflow improved, you’ll improve your sleep, reduce the amount and loudness of your snoring, wake up feeling much more rested, and lessen your risk of serious complications.
Dr. Rafaat also discusses alternative solutions with you that can involve other health professionals.