Joseph Ramellini, DMD

Gabrielle Ramellini, DMD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Joseph Ramellini, DMD

Gabrielle Ramellini, DMD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Clyde, NC

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat become too relaxed during sleep, causing the patient to stop breathing and wake up several times throughout the night. You may not even be aware of these episodes, but sleep deprivation can cause a wide range of issues that can have a big impact on your daily routine and life. If you are interested in using a non-invasive sleep apnea treatment like a custom oral appliance created by our experienced dentist, please contact our team so we can assist!

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What are common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose. Not everyone with sleep apnea snores, and many patients blame their lack of energy and fatigue on simply not getting enough sleep. However, if you have a few of these symptoms, it’s worth talking to a sleep doctor and completing a sleep study to receive an official diagnosis.

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Loud Snoring
  • Waking up Gasping or Choking
  • Dry Mouth or Throat
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
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Do I need to treat my sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea may seem like it’s just a nuisance for the people around you who have to hear your snoring throughout the night, but treating obstructive sleep apnea can make a huge difference in your overall health and quality of life. In addition to increasing the quality of sleep that you receive every night, using an oral appliance for sleep apnea can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems. In serious cases, it can actually be fatal, so we always recommend that patients pursue sleep apnea treatment at their earliest convenience.

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Will an oral appliance fix my snoring?

If loud snoring is one of your sleep apnea symptoms, you have probably tried numerous snoring solutions that may or may not have been effective at reducing your snoring. Custom oral appliances that you receive from a dentist hold your jaw in a comfortable position that prevents your relaxed throat muscles from blocking airflow. Keeping the airway open throughout the night helps the patient breathe easier and eliminates loud and continuous snoring. If you would like to learn more about how a custom oral appliance can treat your snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, please get in touch with our front office team.

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