Sleep Apnea Devices

Sleep Apnea Devices are used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is condition in which the patient is unable to breathe while sleeping. Unfortunately, the patient is often times unaware that he or she may have obstructive sleep apnea.

 Infographic on Sleep Apnea
 

What are the symptons of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

  • Snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air while sleeping, usually witnessed by a partner
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Un-refreshed sleep upon awakening
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day and falling asleep during inappropriate situations
 Man snoring and woman annoyed
 

UNTREATED SLEEP APNEA MAY CAUSE:

  • Poor Concentration and Decreased Work Performance
  • Morning Headaches
  • Weight Gain
  • Decreased Quality of Life
  • Marital Problems
  • Auto Accidents
 Side effects from sleep apnea
 

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF SLEEP APNEA ON YOUR HEALTH INCLUDE:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Acid Reflux
  • Mood Disorders such as Depression
 Man with sleep apnea appliance
 

How is Sleep Apnea diagnosed and treated?

Obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed by your physician through the use of a sleep test. This usually takes place in a sleep lab. Once diagnosed, obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine which is worn with a mask. Although many patients can successfully wear a CPAP machine, we can provide another solution for many patients.

 CPAP sleep apnea machine

Are there alternatives to the CPAP machine?

For those people looking for an effective alternative to the CPAP machine, Dr. Choi and Dr. Choi can offer a custom fitted oral appliance. A custom fitted oral appliance can gently guide the jaw forward, thus opening up your airway to allow you to breathe again while sleeping. There are numerous oral appliances on the market. Drs. Choi and Choi will use his experience and expertise to recommend an appliance specific to your needs after a thorough history and clinical exam.

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