Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs due to an obstructed airway. The result is that oxygen is blocked from moving easily through your nose and mouth while sleeping. Sleep is frequently interrupted because your body is struggling to get sufficient oxygen, and you will wake up gasping for breath.

Loud and persistent snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.  In many cases, you may not realize that you are snoring and are only made aware of the problem by your partner. For this reason, people who live alone are often not aware that they suffer from OSA.

OSA can be a dangerous and even life-threatening condition. It is vital to your health and well being that you receive treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible. Lack of treatment can eventually result in complications including exhaustion, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

We are very concerned about the number of patients who suffer from sleep apnea. Many patients who have been diagnosed with the condition believe that surgery or a cumbersome CPAP mask are their only treatment options. Depending on the severity of their OSA, however, the solution may be as simple as a custom-made oral appliance by Childs and Childs Dentistry that fits over the teeth to move the jaw forward, allowing unobstructed breathing.

If you have been diagnosed or believe you are suffering from OSA, please contact our office as soon as possible. We will be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.