Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea affect many people throughout the United States, and many patients who have one or both sometimes don't even know it is happening to them.

In fact, we often hear patients say they had no clue they snored or showed signs of sleep apnea until their significant other or family member mentioned it to them.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea FAQ

What is snoring?

When a person snores, it typically signifies an airway obstruction while they are asleep. The resulting noise (rattle, grunt or even snort) occurs when the soft tissue of the throat is partially or fully blocking the airway.

Do I have sleep apnea if I snore?

Although snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea, it does not always mean you have the disorder.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder. It needs immediate attention by you and your team of medical and dental professionals. Sleep apnea is a persistent disruption preventing an individual's ability to experience a sound night's sleep. During daytime hours, the patient may experience drowsiness, muscle aches, fatigue, hallucinations, headaches and migraines, tremors and depression.

What is my first step if I have symptoms of sleep apnea?

When a patient is showing signs of sleep apnea, they should contact their medical doctor right away. Most referrals to Dental Health Associates come from the patient's physician once a completed sleep study and diagnosis have occurred.

How can my Dental Health Associates of Madison dentist help?

Almost all of our sleep apnea patients will be directed to Dr. David Allen. He specializes in dental appliances for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.

Does my insurance cover sleep apnea/snoring appliances?

Coverage for appliances differ with each insurance policy. Check with your insurance provider for details.