Sleep disorders are much more common than you may think. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans. This figure is, of course, based on reported instances. Many people may not know they suffer from sleep apnea until their symptoms are reported by a sleep partner. This means the real figure could be much higher.

At Maruko Orthodontics, we offer oral appliances to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. An oral appliance can provide you with safer and more restful sleep!

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is characterized by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the throat.

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain does not send the proper signals to your breathing muscles. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea. If you have been told you snore loudly, or feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:

• Choking or gasping noises during sleep

• A sore throat or dry mouth in the morning

• Waking up with a dull headache

• Trouble staying asleep

• Irritability

• Trouble paying attention

• Excessive daytime sleepiness

Schedule Your Consultation

If you think you may have sleep apnea or concerns about your breathing or sleeping habits, we can help!

Call 714.685.3890 to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Maruko today!

Snoring & Sleep Apnea