Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing frequently stops and starts. Loud snoring is the main symptom of the condition. Daytime drowsiness, loss of concentration and depression are often the repercussions for someone suffering from sleep apnea. In addition, the symptoms disrupt the sleep of the people you care about most. Treating sleep apnea under the guidance of Beach Dental Center will allow you and your partner to rest comfortably and wake up feeling refreshed.
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the tongue falls to the back of the throat and the upper airway is blocked as well as adequate airflow. The reduction in airflow causes oxygen levels in your brain to drop. When the oxygen levels drop, the sleeper partially awakens and a full breath is taken usually as a loud gasp. The repeated effects of decreased oxygenation can cause serious cardiovascular problems thus reducing the quality of your life.
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea presents with a wide range of symptoms and some not even appearing until the next day. Some symptoms include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping witnessed by another person
- Choking or gasping while sleeping
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, feeling extremely fatigued during the day
- Waking up with a headache, dry mouth or sore throat
- Insomnia or constantly waking during the night
- Forgetfulness, irritability or depression
- Attention problems, inability to focus for sustained periods of time
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Treating apnea is very important for your health and quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with the condition or feel you may have any of the symptoms, Beach Dental Center can help! Customized night guards or mouthguards work well in treating the problem. The oral appliance is designed specifically for you to provide you with the most comfortable fit for your mouth.
If you want to improve your health start by getting a good night’s sleep. Start waking up well rested, energized, and focused on the day’s tasks. Beach Dental Center will discuss your oral appliance options with you and work with you to decide if you are a candidate for treatment. Contact us today at (757) 496-0993.