A dangerous breathing-related sleep disorder, sleep apnea occurs when soft oral tissues collapse, causing breathing to temporarily stop. The resulting interruption in oxygen flow to the brain eventually signals the body to restart breathing, at which point the sufferer awakes with a gasp. This process repeats itself many times throughout the night, which is why those with sleep apnea often feel groggy during the daytime. They are not receiving deep, restorative sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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  • Snoring
  • Frequent Urination at Night
  • Morning Headaches
  • Tiredness/Fatigue
  • Mood Swings
  • Weight gain
  • Sore Throat
  • Grinding & Clenching of Teeth
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Low Testosterone
  • Sleep Self Testing

Why Should I Get Treatment For Sleep Apnea?

HeartbeatLeft untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of health problems. While the most obvious signs of an underlying problem include snoring, daytime drowsiness, and memory loss, those with sleep apnea also experience increased vulnerability to:

  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Depression

Do you suspect that sleep apnea is robbing you of the deep REM sleep your body needs? Call Dr. Mason’s office to receive the name of local Physicians that can evaluate and diagnose you with sleep apnea. With a convenient home sleep study and a custom night-guard, a good night’s rest could be closer than you think.

Sleep Apnea Screening

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There are several evaluation methods used to help screen patients for sleep apnea.  Some of the tools include the ARES and Watch-PAT device for conducting home sleep studies. With these screening devices, patients are able to conduct their own sleep apnea studies in the comfort of their beds at home.

 

 

 

 

Home Sleep Test – Watch-Pat

Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the initial fitting typically takes 1 to 2 appointments, and you can expect to have your new appliance ready to take home in less than 6 weeks.  Your follow-up care is very important and includes a monthly office visit to properly adjust your appliance a specific number of times between appointments.   This process allows Dr. Mason to fully evaluate the precise stopping point based on its effectiveness in treating your apnea.