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Do you have questions about sleep apnea? If so, you’re not alone. Many people also have questions about sleep apnea because it can be a confusing and even overwhelming problem to have. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that involves interruptions with your breathing as you sleep. In fact, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you rest, which gives this disorder the potential to be very dangerous.

Our orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck, is happy to help you find the answers to your questions about sleep apnea by providing the answers to these commonly asked questions:

Q: What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
A: Some common symptoms include loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, insomnia, nightmares, sleep deprivation, moodiness, headaches, fatigue and more.

Q: How can my orthodontist treat my sleep apnea?
A: Your orthodontist can help you by prescribing a special oral appliance to you. This appliance is like a mouthguard, but it positions the jaw properly to open the airway as you rest.

Q: What are other treatments for sleep apnea?
A: In addition to an oral appliance and a CPAP machine your doctor might prescribe, at-home remedies could include stopping smoking, losing weight, exercising regularly, having a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine and heavy meals within two hours of bedtime, and avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills and sedatives, especially before bed.

To learn more about sleep apnea in Alpharetta, Georgia, please reach out to Quality Orthodontic Care today at 770-664-6003. Our dental team is happy to help, and we look forward to your phone call.