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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that our orthodontist, Dr. E. Glenn Glassman, can help treat. It’s very important to let him treat this disorder because it has the potential to be very dangerous. Sleep apnea involves breathing interruptions while you sleep. Your breathing tends to repeatedly stop and start throughout the night. If you have questions about sleep apnea, you’re not alone. To help you find the answers, our dental team is happy to give you the answers to commonly asked questions about sleep apnea in St. Louis, Missouri. Those are:

Q: What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
A: Common symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring loudly, feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, daytime sleepiness, sleep deprivation, insomnia, loud breathing, depression, dry mouth, dry throat, headaches, irritability, weight gain and more.

Q: How can my orthodontist treat my sleep apnea?
A: Your orthodontist can help you by prescribing a special oral appliance. This appliance is like a sports mouthguard, but instead of protecting the teeth from blows to the face, it positions the jaw in the proper position to keep the airway open as you sleep.

Q: What are other treatments for sleep apnea?
A: Your primary care physician might prescribe a CPAP machine if your sleep apnea is severe enough. Some at-home treatments you can use include losing weight, stopping smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining regular sleep hours as well as avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, sedatives, caffeine and heavy meals before going to bed.

Do you have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog? If so, please contact our dental team at Orthocare Systems Orthodontics. When you dial 314-739-8888, we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!