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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Therapy – Norman, OK

Breathe Easier While Sleeping Better

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Snoring is an annoying condition that can disrupt the sleep of everyone in your household. But it's also more than that - snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea in Norman, and without proper treatment, it can lead to health complications and result in a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and even death. To combat this potentially dangerous condition, Dr. Carmen offers non-surgical therapy with a custom-fitted snoreguard to restore healthy function and peaceful slumber.

What is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is defined as repeated lapses in breathing for periods of ten seconds or more. When the brain detects a lack of airflow, it triggers the body to wake up and breathe. Sufferers may enter a lighter sleep stage or fully awaken. Causes of sleep apnea include relaxation of airways, small air passageways, and tongue position during sleep.

It’s important to note that the continuous rise and fall of your heart rate throughout the night is most certainly not good for your overall health. Whether you experience a lapse in breathing once or a hundred times each night, waking suddenly and gasping for air can lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks.

Common Signs and Symptoms

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Some people with sleep apnea may experience a wide range of symptoms. Others may only show one or two signs. No matter how many of the following signs and symptoms you exhibit, it’s highly encouraged that you contact our office to find out how you can go about receiving an official diagnosis.

Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic fatigue and daytime drowsiness
  • Forgetfulness or memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Morning headaches
  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia

Although snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, the two are not necessarily related.

Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

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Should you avoid seeking treatment for your sleep apnea, you are putting yourself at grave risk of developing serious health conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Negative cognitive brain function

How a Dentist Can Help

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Fortunately, sleep apnea no longer has to be something you “just live with.” While you’ve more than likely heard of CPAP therapy, there is an alternative solution for patients who have difficulty maneuvering the bulky machinery or who experience discomfort while wearing a facial mask.

Your dentist in Norman treats sleep apnea and snoring with custom oral appliances commonly referred to as snoreguards. The snoreguard works by keeping airways open to eliminate lapses in breathing and stop snoring. You’ll get the restorative sleep you need – and deserve!

Oral appliances are proving to be a much more beneficial and effective method of treatment because of their small, portable, and compact design. Not only does it make it a more comfortable experience while you sleep, but you can now take your oral device when you travel, enabling you to get the rest you need while worrying less.

Call Us Today

Call today to reserve your snoreguard or sleep apnea consultation with Norman dentist Dr. Bobby Carmen. Patients from Norman, Moore, the University of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma, and beyond visit us for quality dental care.