Sleep Apnea FAQs

Q) Is sleep apnea dangerous?

Sleep apnea may seem like a mere annoyance, causing loud snoring and daytime fatigue. However, it can actually be a dangerous disorder. People with sleep apnea have been shown to have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disorders.

Q) I’ve tried CPAP, but I just can’t seem to wear it comfortably. What do you suggest?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) can be a highly successful treatment for patients with sleep apnea, and if you’ve been able to wear it during sleep without problems, continue using the CPAP. However, if your CPAP is sitting in the closet, it isn’t doing you much good. We offer CPAP alternative treatments at Alexander Dental in St. Augustine, FL, using intraoral sleep apnea therapy appliances to keep the airway unobstructed.

Q) Can children suffer from sleep apnea?

Yes. Children can suffer from sleep apnea, and this problem can cause them to experience other difficulties. If you’ve noticed that your child snores or struggles during sleep, explore a diagnosis of sleep apnea. We can provide you with more information about having your child evaluated and treated for sleep apnea. Contact us.

Q) I snore loudly, but I’m not tired during the day. Could I have sleep apnea?

If you snore regularly during the night, you should be checked for obstructive sleep apnea. Contact us to find out about the process for getting a diagnosis. Dr. Alexander can recommend a medical professional to perform your sleep study and provide conclusive diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Q) What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by the collapse of soft tissues into the airway, which leads the structures to vibrate as you try to breathe through the collapsed passageway. Large structures such as tonsils or tongue or excess fat in the throat can increase the risk of snoring. The louder you snore, the greater your risk of complications.

Q) Is oral appliance sleep apnea therapy always effective?

Oral appliance sleep apnea therapy doesn’t work for everyone. However, for those who have been unable to tolerate the CPAP or other forms of sleep apnea therapy, oral appliance therapy can be a great option. If you’re suffering with mild or moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can be very successful.

Once you’ve explored more information about sleep apnea and the available treatments, contact Alexander Dental in St. Augustine, Florida to discuss diagnosis and possible treatment planning. Patients from Palm Coast, Palm Valley, Jacksonville Beach, and surrounding Florida communities visit Dr. Alexander for sleep apnea therapy. Whether you’re just getting started with your sleep apnea treatment or have tried CPAP and been unsuccessful, contact us for more information.