Snoring can often be more than an annoying sleep habit, signaling a possible sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Clement Monroe and Dr. Kamron Monroe work with patients to determine if they are suffering from OSA and offer oral appliance therapy to treat symptoms and reduce greater health risks often associated with the disease.
Patients who suffer with OSA repeatedly stop breathing while they sleep. The prevalence of sleep apnea increases with age and it is estimated that as many as 50% of elderly men and women suffer from the disorder. Risk factors for OSA include obesity, tobacco use, age and gender (more prevalent in men).
Signs and Symptoms of OSA
- Daytime sleepiness and the tendency to fall asleep while reading, watching television or driving
- Loud snoring
- Gasping while sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Problems with concentration, mood and mental clarity
Treatment for Sleep Apnea Pinehurst
Dr. Clement and Dr. Kamron will discuss your medical history and personal concerns, sometimes coordinating with your general physician to diagnose your sleep disorder. They offer oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate cases of OSA.
An oral appliance has shown to be the preferred treatment among most patients. An oral appliance is small, discreet and comfortable to wear. Drs. Monroe can fabricate a custom made sleep apnea appliance, similar to a sports mouth guard, for you to wear during sleep.