Sleep Apnea Treatment – Palm Harbor, FL

Breathe Easier for a Better Night’s Rest

If you’re one of the millions of Americans with sleep apnea, you may frequently wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all even if you went to bed early enough for a full 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Sleep apnea is a disorder that can lead to potentially deadly health problems if it’s ignored for too long. Fortunately, Dr. Johnson is able to offer oral appliances and airway orthodontics as long-term solutions for this condition. Are you tired of sleep apnea getting in the way of living your best life? Call today to set up a consultation to see how we can help.

Man with sleep apnea in Palm Harbor, FL lying on back snoring

Why Choose Dr. Alex Johnson for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

  • Board-Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate of American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

What is Sleep Apnea?

Woman with sleep apnea in Palm Harbor, FL snoring

People with sleep apnea repeatedly experience brief pauses in their breathing throughout the night. Most of the time, these pauses are due to loose tissue or oversized tonsils or adenoids blocking the airway. Each interruption forces the body to wake up for air, preventing you from spending enough time in the deeper stages of sleep needed to restore your energy. There are multiple symptoms associated with sleep apnea, including:

  • Loud snoring that can keep others awake
  • Feeling excessively sleepy during the day no matter how much rest you got previously
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Memory problems or confusion
  • Being more prone to accidents due to being tired
  • Morning headaches
  • Heightened blood pressure

Sleep apnea can affect virtually anyone, but it occurs most often in male patients, people with excess weight, and those over a certain age.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Woman with sleep apnea in Palm Harbor, FL lying awake and looking at clock

Some people dismiss sleep apnea as a nuisance without fully realizing how dangerous is can be. The lack of sleep can take a toll on focus and reaction time, and that can lead to accidents while driving or working with heavy machinery. Also, people with sleep apnea tend to have a higher risk of suffering from heart attacks or other cardiovascular issues. In particular, pregnant women who have sleep apnea are more likely to give birth too early due to elevated blood pressure. It’s best to avoid the worst consequences of sleep apnea altogether by having the condition treated as quickly as possible.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Close-up of oral appliance for sleep apnea in Palm Harbor, FL

Instead of treating sleep apnea with a noisy, uncomfortable CPAP machine, Dr. Johnson can give you a custom-made oral appliance to be worn at night. The device will shift your jaw to make sure the airway stays unblocked while you’re asleep. In certain circumstances, we can also address sleep apnea with airway orthodontics, which involves using orthodontic care to improve breathing. One method for doing this is to use a special orthodontic device called Myobrace, which helps guide the teeth into their proper positions and widens the upper palate so that the airway remains clear.