Do you feel more tired than usual after getting a full night’s sleep? Do you snore every night? You may have a sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea and some of the most common signs and symptoms.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that inhibits people from breathing properly during sleep. It causes people to temporarily stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea happens when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the lungs. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the muscles in the throat relax and restrict the airway.
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are many signs that can point to this sleeping disorder. They include:
- Chronic, loud snoring
- Daytime drowsiness
- Frequent headaches
- Inability to focus
- Morning dry mouth
- Waking up gasping for air
If you’re currently experiencing any of the symptoms above? Please don’t put it by the wayside. We recommend seeing a sleep specialist as soon as possible for a consultation and diagnosis. Sleep apnea can have a negative effect on your health and should be treated right away.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Did you know you can get sleep apnea treatment at the dentist? If you have obstructive sleep apnea, many dentists have received additional training and schooling to be able to assist with this sleeping disorder. In lieu of a CPAP machine, dentists can create a custom-fitted dental appliance patients wear when they sleep. This appliance repositions the jaw to prevent any airway obstructions while patients sleep. Many feel that this oral appliance is much more comfortable to wear than a CPAP machine and helps them get a good night’s sleep!
At Chandler Dental Center, we offer sleep apnea therapy and can help you regain control over your rest and feel better! Please contact us to schedule a consultation.
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