Written by: on November 10, 2014 @ 5:32 am


Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you wake up feeling exhausted even after eight hours of rest? If so, you may be like the millions of other Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Fortunately, treatment is available and there are even steps you can take on your own to reduce symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions About OSA

Question: What causes this sleep disorder?

Answer: When the soft tissues in your throat and the back of your mouth collapse, this obstructs airflow. As a result, your stop breathing for brief periods, only to be woken up by your brain to start breathing again. Patients with OSA can endure this cycle hundreds of times each night.

Question: What are the symptoms of OSA?

Answer: Patients with this disorder may report chronic snoring, daytime drowsiness, waking up at night choking or gasping for air, depression, and difficulty focusing at work or school. Patients may also feel more irritable than normal. Over time, patients may develop high blood pressure and increase their risk of stroke and heart attack.

Question: What can I do to reduce symptoms?

Answer: There are a few steps you can take, including avoiding alcohol or caffeine before bed, losing weight, sleeping on your side, and making sure your bedroom is conducive to good sleep. To do this, keep your room dark and cool and remove distractions such as TVs and computers.

Question: How will Dr. Askari treat my sleep apnea?

Answer: He may recommend an oral appliance. This unique device is worn at night and moves your jaw forward, which helps prevent the soft tissue collapse that causes sleep apnea symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns regarding diagnosis or our treatment options, please contact our office today. We want to help you rest easy once again.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

Catogories: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Dentistry

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