Apnea means the “cessation of breathing.” This can happen in both adults and in children. These “cessation of breathing” events will typically happen at night and are often accompanied by other symptoms.
This lack of oxygen can be due to a number of reasons. The more common cause is obstruction of the airway. This restriction of the airway space can be from inadequate space for the tongue, jaw position, jaw dimension or enlarged oral tissues (adenoids and tonsils).
Some of the more common associated symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud Snoring
- Headaches upon waking up
- Unintentionally falling asleep during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
- Mouth breathing at rest
Treatment varies upon the age of the patient and the type of sleep problem they suffer from. Some of our adult patients have been completely cured of their obstructive sleep apnea through advanced orthodontics. The first step is to schedule a consultation with our office. Dr. McCord and Dr. McCoy will sit down with you and review their findings. Depending on your individual case, your treatment may include orthodontics, oral surgery or a simple device worn overnight.