Nearly 30 million adults in the U.S. have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a chronic, lifelong condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. Sleep apnea occurs when muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway; causing breathing pauses to occur hundreds of times per night. These pauses can last from a few seconds to more than a minute. Common signs of Sleep Apnea are snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea is important to your health. If left untreated, sleep apnea often causes daytime sleepiness and fatigue and can raise the risk for serious health issues including stroke, heart disease, chronic acid reflux, high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Welch is an active member with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is invested in helping her patients treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Through the use of non –invasive Oral Appliance Therapy, Dr. Welch is able to treat snoring and sleep apnea effectively. Oral Appliance Therapy is a custom for oral sleep appliance that can improve sleep, restore alertness and revitalize health. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet and portable.