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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea in Omaha, NE
Stacy Moffenbier is a periodontist who treats sleep apnea in Omaha, NE. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes a person’s breathing to become interrupted during sleep. Pauses in breathing may last from a few seconds up to a minute or longer. This can occur up to 30 times per hour. Sleep apnea is generally a chronic condition that results in poor quality of sleep over an extended period of time. It is the number one cause of chronic daytime fatigue. Sleep Apnea is considered a serious condition, because it may cause both the body and the brain to become deprived of oxygen.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This is occurs when the airway in your throat collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. During waking hours, the muscles in your throat remain stiff and rigid. During sleep, however, they relax and can fall in a way that blocks the airway. When you attempt to breathe, the air is unable to reach your lungs, causing you to wake suddenly. Although obstructive sleep apnea can affect anyone, it is generally more common among overweight adults or small children with large amount of tonsil tissue.

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because doctors cannot detect the condition during regular checkups, and patients are usually asleep when the symptoms arise. It is usually the patient’s partner who is the first to notice the symptoms. If you or someone you know is suffering from any of the following, sleep apnea might be the cause:

• Difficulty sleeping
• Loud and persistent snoring
• Shortness of breath during sleepiness
• Headaches in the morning
• Persistent drowsiness

Through the use of sleep apnea dentistry, we can correct this issue. Depending on the severity of the issue, treatment can be as simple as repositioning yourself during sleep or changing your diet. For moderate cases, sleep apnea dentistry can involve the use of corrective devices made to keep the airway open. Under the most extreme circumstances, sleep apnea dentistry will involve corrective surgery. If you think you suffer from sleep apnea and would like to know more, contact Dr. Stacy Moffenbier and schedule your consultation.

Dr. Stacy Moffenbier, a Periodontist located in Omaha, Nebraska, serves patients from Bellevue, NE, Springfield, NE, and Gretna, NE as well as other surrounding areas. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and encourage you to schedule an appointment today.

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