Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects about 50 to 70 million U.S. adults.
This disorder is characterized by loud snoring and intermittent lapses in breathing while a person is sleeping.
During these intermittent lapses, oxygen does not reach the brain; this is what makes sleep apnea such a dangerous disorder. When the brain doesn’t receive oxygen during sleep, it signals the body to wake itself up. This reaction causes a person with sleep apnea disorder to wake up frequently, gasping for air throughout the night.
If you experience any of the following sleep apnea symptoms, it’s possible that you have sleep apnea.
Treating sleep apnea is important! Over time, sleep apnea can lead to a number of health complications, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and a shortened lifespan.
Sleep apnea may develop due to a number of different reasons, including health conditions, daily habits, and the structure of the jaw bones.
Sleep apnea causes and risk factors include:
Treating your sleep apnea/airway issues, Dr. Matsumoto needs to understand the cause.
If nasal breathing is obstructed, we need to improve your nasal airflow. Sometimes the answer is in expanding the dental and skeletal features. The space for the tongue is also a consideration.
At our Porters Neck office in Wilmington, NC, we work closely with Sleep Medicine physicians, ENTs, and Oral Surgeons. Depending on the patient’s age, we may use an orthodontic appliance, such as a palatal expander, to expand the palate of the mouth and treat the source of the obstruction that causes sleep apnea.
A full treatment of braces or Invisalign may be effective for treating your case! Once you visit Dr. Matsumoto for your complimentary consultation, he will examine your condition to determine the best treatment route.
We’re here to answer your questions, and we want you to know your options!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. Dr. Matsumoto and our experienced team are here to guide you, so you can experience a positive treatment process while you achieve your perfect smile.
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