Do you struggle to breathe while you sleep?

Millions of Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition wherein the airway becomes obstructed during sleep, making it impossible to breathe. With OSA, when you stop breathing, your brain receives a signal and wakes you. If your OSA is severe, that could be happening hundreds of times a night. As you might imagine, this is not good for your health.

Many patients are unaware that they have sleep apnea, so it is important to look out for the telltale signs:

    • Loud, disruptive snoring
    • Coughing or choking while asleep
    • Headache, dry mouth, sore throat upon waking
    • Daytime fatigue or drowsiness
    • General irritability, trouble concentrating
    • Tendency to doze off during the day, behind the wheel
    • Insomnia
    • Diminished sex drive

Sleep apnea can also affect children. Here are the signs to watch for with your child:

  • Loud, disruptive snoring
  • Coughing or choking while asleep
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Night terrors
  • Wetting the bed
  • Odd sleeping positions

OSA should not be ignored

Obstructive sleep apnea can be deadly in severe cases, causing heart attack and stroke during the night. Other consequences of sleep apnea include:

    • Hypertension
    • Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes
    • Cardiac conditions
    • Digestive problems
    • Auto accidents
    • Higher incidence of tooth decay and gum disease

Treating OSA

At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness, Dr. Joe Chichetti and Dr. Reena Patel offer sleep apnea treatment. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you have treatment options, including an oral appliance that you wear at night to keep your airway open and air flowing freely.

Treating OSA will improve your health and your quality of life, so please do not put off treatment once you or someone you care about has been diagnosed.

A fully customized oral appliance from Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness in Charlotte, NC will allow you to breathe easier and live well. Learn more today by calling our dental office at 704-233-3430 and scheduling a visit with one of our dentists.

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