Sleep Apnea at a Glance

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Does your bed partner regularly complain about your loud snoring at night? Have they noticed you choking in your sleep or gasping for air? These are both symptoms of a common and serious disorder called sleep apnea. Millions of people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea – most of them without realizing it. People with sleep apnea stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. These constant interruptions force your brain to wake you up into a state of semi-consciousness – enough to take a full breath. This cycle of interrupted breathing and waking can happen hundreds of times a night, severely reducing your body’s oxygen levels, and leaving you prone to significant health risks. Stroke, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease are just a few of the potential complications of sleep apnea. Some of the most common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Overheating and night sweats
  • Daytime exhaustion
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Sinus problems and headaches

If you have sleep apnea, we can help. The gold standard of sleep apnea treatment is the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, but many patients are unable to sleep at all with the CPAP mask on their face, making it of little benefit. We can offer a more comfortable alternative: our dental appliances can help keep your airways open at night without the distracting intrusion of CPAP.  Many patients’ sleep apnea is improved 50% or more. To find out more about our sleep apnea treatment options, please contact us today to schedule a free personal consultation with Phoenix sleep apnea dentist Dr. David Wilcox. Desert Smiles serves patients in the Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.