Sleep apnea is a common disorder that is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include heavy snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, daytime drowsiness, morning headache, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and memory loss.
For many patients, making a few lifestyle changes can improve sleep apnea symptoms dramatically.
- Weight loss
- Avoid alcohol and sedatives
- Alter your sleep position by sleeping on your side
- Quit smoking
Patients may benefit from a variety of surgical treatments. A team approach involving OMS’s, ENTs, a pulmonologist, your primary care physician, and your general dentist will help to determine which procedures will best treat your OSA.