Sleep Apnea in Colorado Springs
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition in which your airflow is blocked during sleep. In some cases your airflow is blocked hundreds of times per night, causing temporary oxygen shortages and symptoms including loud snoring, constant fatigue, and, in some cases, obesity. In addition to these issues, sleep apnea greatly increases a person’s risk for multiple health problems including stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure.
There are many treatments for sleep apnea, one of the foremost treatments for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea are mouthguard-style devices. These devices are called oral appliances and are fit by Dr. Guerra to your mouth. The oral appliances move your jaw forward to alleviate the wearer’s obstructed airflow and restrain the tongue from falling back into the throat or soft palette during sleep.
Oral appliances can be used either alone or along with additional treatment techniques such as weight loss, surgery or CPAP machines.