Sleep Apnea

For many adults and children, trouble breathing can be caused by orthodontic concerns and lead to additional health issues such as sleep apnea. Oftentimes, that manifests as snoring, waking up out of breath, extreme fatigue and drowsiness, and other very serious—possibly even life-threatening—symptoms. Some individuals may benefit from orthodontic treatments that can help improve not only the function of their bite and their smile aesthetics, but also their overall well-being.  Airway orthodontics goes beyond just correcting orthodontic issues such as crowding, gaps, and misalignment. The treatment is designed to address health problems that affect your breathing and sleeping with advanced orthodontic techniques and appliances. For many individuals, orthodontic options such as traditional metal braces and palate expanders can help reduce […]

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. (“Apnea” is the Greek word for “without breath.”) If you suffer from sleep apnea, each time your breathing stops, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Because the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many think they are getting a good night’s sleep. However, the constant wake-sleep-wake-sleep cycle precludes the deep sleep that refreshes the body, and sufferers are frequently drowsy during the day. What are the signs of sleep apnea? The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. -Insomnia […]

Our staff at  Banasiak and Nettune Orthodontic Associates know sleep disorders are fairly common, with around 50 to 70 million Americans being affected by some type chronic sleep disorder. That’s a lot. Some of these progress to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which can cause loss of sleep among many other health problems. Snoring is one of the most easily identified symptoms, and as it worsens it can lead to full airway blockage while you sleep, which can severely disrupt your sleep patterns. Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem that if left untreated can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke. It can also take a toll on your overall energy level, as […]