Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Charlotte, NC

Get Back to a Good Night’s Rest with Customized Treatment

woman sleepingDo you or a loved one suffer from snoring, gasping, or choking during sleep? These may be signs of sleep apnea, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While it may seem like a nuisance, sleep apnea can have consequences for your health and even your life. 

Discover the warning signs of sleep apnea and how to treat them at Capstone Dental. Dr. Stephen Yang offers customized sleep apnea treatment to patients in Mint Hill, Mount Holly, and Concord. Discover more with our skilled Charlotte, NC, dentist.


What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. It occurs when your throat muscles relax, blocking your airway and causing your brain to briefly wake you up to resume breathing. These pauses in breathing can occur up to hundreds of times a night, leaving you exhausted during the day.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a host of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Memory problems

Additionally, untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of accidents, such as falls and car crashes, due to daytime sleepiness.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Here are some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Loud and Frequent Snoring: Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, especially if it’s loud and occurs regularly.
  • Pauses in Breathing: If you experience pauses in breathing during sleep, or if someone has witnessed you gasping for air during sleep, it may be a sign of sleep apnea.
  • Daytime Sleepiness: Because sleep apnea can disrupt sleep, you may feel excessively sleepy during the day.
  • Morning Headaches: If you wake up with a headache or a feeling of dryness in your mouth, it may be due to sleep apnea.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Sleep apnea can lead to poor concentration, memory problems, and difficulty focusing.
  • Irritability and Mood Changes: Poor sleep quality can lead to mood swings, irritability, and anxiety.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

If you’re struggling with your CPAP machine, or you have mild to moderate sleep apnea and want to explore alternative treatment options, several devices can help keep your airway open:

  • TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner): This device is worn in the mouth and works by gently moving your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open.
  • Somnodent: Similar to TAP, Somnodent is worn in the mouth and helps to position your jaw in a way that keeps your airway open.
  • TheraSnore – The leading anti-snore mouthguard: This device is custom-made to fit your mouth and works by repositioning your tongue and soft tissues to keep your airway open.
  • Snore Guard: Another custom-made mouthguard, Snore Guard works by moving your jaw forward to prevent your tongue from blocking your airway.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sleep apnea can impact your overall health and quality of life. Repeated pauses in breathing during sleep can lead to a lack of oxygen, which can put a strain on the heart and increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Additionally, poor sleep quality can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

In some cases, sleep apnea can go away on its own if caused by a temporary issue such as a cold or allergies. However, if the underlying cause of sleep apnea is structural such as obesity, narrow airway, or enlarged tonsils, it’s unlikely to go away without treatment.

The main cause of sleep apnea is the relaxation of the muscles in the throat during sleep, which can cause the airway to become blocked or narrowed. Other factors that can contribute to sleep apnea include:

  • Age 
  • Obesity 
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Certain medications
  • Tobacco use

The best sleep apnea treatment will depend on the severity of your condition, your medical history, and your personal preferences. It’s critical to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the best treatment options for your needs. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious consequences for your health and quality of life.

Take the First Step Toward Improved Sleep and Health

Sleep apnea can make it hard to live a fulfilling life. Get back to quality sleep with one of the customized sleep apnea solutions at Capstone Dental. To learn more, call our Charlotte, NC, office at 980-202-5696 to schedule an appointment. You can also book a consultation online by filling out our contact form.