At Dr. Friedman, DDS, we know our patients love a good amount of rest each night in order to be energized for the day and week ahead. After all, without enough sleep or struggling with sleep apnea, exhaustion during the day is the most immediate consequence.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that could be an indicator of serious health problems. The most common symptom is loud snoring. However, the condition is characterized by breathing that repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, leaving you feeling tired in the morning. Other serious effects from sleep apnea could be potentially dangerous to your health if left unaddressed.
In addition to losing precious hours of sleep, this disorder also elevates the risk of heart attack and stroke, and may cause other conditions such as depression, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction.
Anyone can develop this, but it is more common among middle aged adults who are overweight. Dr. Philip Friedman can help you determine the cause and suggest possible treatment.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
A common treatment is an oral device that is designed to help keep the airway open. By bringing the jaw forward, the device opens the airway and discourages snoring. Dr. Philip Friedman and our team are experienced in sleep apnea appliances, and can prescribe a fitted device. In addition, we also monitor its success each time you visit.
A continuous positive airway pressure mask, also known as a CPAP, is among the other treatment options you may opt for. A mask is fitted over the mouth and forces oxygen through the throat while you sleep. The pressure holds the soft tissue and throat muscles open.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, visit our Savannah, GA office. Our team at Dr. Friedman, DDS can help you return to getting a better night’s sleep.