Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Did you know approximately 25% of couples sleep apart because of snoring? Some new homes have even been designed with separate sleeping quarters because snoring is such an issue. If this something you and your partner are currently experiencing, you’ll be relieved to know there may be a solution. Many who snore often suffer from sleep apnea, and Dr. Herman can provide relief!

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results from a collapsed airway due to an obstruction. Sleep apnea can cause a number of problems that may endanger overall health. Depending on the severity of the condition and a patient’s lifestyle, the symptoms may range from mild to severe. Sleep deprivation and oxygen deprivation, the two primary effects of sleep apnea, can lead to serious health conditions.

For many apnea sufferers, oral appliances can relieve most or all symptoms associated with the condition and help patients get deep restorative sleep without interruption. Oral appliances are a safe, holistic way to treat sleep apnea and can be customized for comfort. As technology in this area of dentistry continues to improve, sleep apnea patients have more effective and convenient option for the relief of symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Frequent episodes of halted breathing during sleep
  • Snoring
  • Gasping, coughing or choking
  • Profuse sweating
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Daytime sleepiness/fatigue
  • Nighttime heartburn
  • Sour taste/bad breath
  • Lack of concentration
  • Chest pains
  • Inability to fall asleep/restlessness
  • Narcolepsy
  • Irritability
  • Oxygen deprivation leading to heart disease and high blood pressure.

If you snore, or if sleep apnea is suspected for any other reason, Dr. Herman will refer you to a sleep lab for a sleep study where a specialist will properly diagnose your level of sleep apnea and communicate the results with Dr. Herman for treatment.

The Moses® is a comfortable, highly-effective method for sleep apnea treatment. Many of our patients prefer this smaller sized appliance to the often-dreaded dreaded CPAP machine. The Moses® is customized by Dr. Herman, and the patient can easily talk, drink, open wide and close their lips. They no longer have the discomfort of dry mouth in the mornings. Eliminated are the claustrophobic locked jaw and mouth breather designs of earlier MADs. After a short time, you forget it is in! Patients wear it because they feel better now that their symptoms are reduced or completely diminished.

There is no better place to treat sleep apnea in Vincennes than Herman Family Dentistry. If you or your loved one snore, or exhibit other signs of sleep apnea, we recommend scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Herman today!

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