What is Sleep Apnea?
Many adults stay tired throughout the day without realizing sleep apnea is disrupting their necessary rest. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked by either a tongue or soft tissue from the rear of the throat collapsing. This most commonly occurs in overweight men over 40, but can affect anyone no matter what their age. To find out if you have sleep apnea, you will need a physician’s sleep study. If diagnosed, Dr. Burgess has a great deal of experience treating both sleep apnea and snoring using the comfortable TAP 3 device.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Often the patient is unaware of the problem. They just know how tired they feel. You’re partner, however, may have noticed some of these symptoms:
- Tiredness during waking hours even with a full night’s sleep
- Excessive snoring
- Sudden waking feeling a shortness of breath, or gasping for air
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared oral appliances as the preferred treatment for mild and moderate sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Burgess uses a TAP 3 mandibular advancement appliance to treat his patients with snoring problems or sleep apnea. This two piece appliance is custom made to snap over your teeth, similar to a mouth guard used in sports. Its primary function is to hold the jaw forward so neither the tongue nor soft tissue collapse into the throat, a leading cause of both sleep apnea and snoring. This enables you to treat your sleep apnea without needing the disruptive CPAP machine.