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Are you falling asleep driving, or experiencing a lack of energy at work? Have you been told you snore heavily at night? Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you haven’t slept at all? You may be suffering from sleep apnea. People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. Other symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Daytime drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Snoring Irritability 
  • Daytime fatigue 
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times 
  • Suddenly waking up and choking, gasping, or coughing (these are all signs of sleep apnea episodes that cause breath pauses known as apneas) 

When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp. A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is commonly used to treat snoring and OSA. The MAD device moves the lower jaw (mandible) forward in order to open the airway during sleep, allowing you to get a better night's sleep and waking up feeling rested and revitalized. If you're struggling to sleep well, obstructive sleep apnea may be the reason. If you're experiencing any symptoms related to sleep apnea, our doctors can see if you are a candidate for a MAD device. We look forward to helping you snore less and sleep better!