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Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you feel exhausted during the day even though you feel like you slept the night before? If either of these scenarios sound familiar, then you may be one of the over ten million people who experience the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA. What is sleep apnea? This serious disorder can leave people exhausted and deprived of crucial sleep.

Sleep Apnea Quiz

  1. True or False: Patients with OSA may experience chronic snoring.
  2. True or False: Patients may stop breathing for brief periods at night.
  3. True or False: There are serious health complications related to OSA.
  4. True or False: We can offer non-surgical solutions for this issue.

Answer Key

  1. True. Along with snoring, other symptoms may include daytime drowsiness, difficulty focusing, irritability, depression, and patients ay wake up gasping for air or choking. If you regularly experience these symptoms, then you should schedule an appointment with a dental professional.
  2. True. Sleep apnea occurs when throat tissues become relaxed and block airflow. The result is a brief period where the patient stops breathing until the brain wakes him/her up again. For some, this cycle can happened hundreds of times each night and the patient may not even remember waking up at all.
  3. True. Without treatment, OSA can lead to depression and high blood pressure. With an increase in blood pressure comes a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.
  4. True. We can often reduce symptoms with a simple mouth guard. This specially designed oral appliance can move the jaw forward slightly, which helps the airways stay open and allows the patient to breathe easy. If you have any questions about treating OSA, please contact out office today.


At Rodem Tree Dental, you and your family cane expect to receive the latest in quality dental care. Dr. Ellen Nam and our team want to help you improve the health and beauty of your smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 972-475-2321. We proudly service patients in Rowlett, Rockwall, Garland, Wylie, and Sachse.