3 Signs That Might Point to Sleep Apnea (and What You Should Do Next)
You find yourself exhausted by the afternoon, even when you go to bed early. You turn to your afternoon caffeine fix, but even that's starting to fail you. You can't imagine what could be causing this chronic fatigue!
Did you know that you may be suffering from sleep apnea? This dangerous sleep disorder occurs when you stop breathing during the night, most typically due to an airway obstruction or blockage. Here are some of the signs and what you can do to successfully manage it.
If your bed partner complains that your snoring keeps them awake at night, this may be a sign of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway is blocked, and this can also cause loud snoring.
Waking Up With a Cough or Gasp
Do you ever wake up with a cough or gasp for air during the night? This may indicate you've stopped breathing for a period of time. Your bed partner also may witness these periods of breathing cessation. Did you know that if you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing multiple, even hundreds of times during the night in severe cases?
If you frequently wake up with headaches, this can also be a telltale sign of sleep apnea. When you suffer from sleep apnea, your body is not getting the oxygen it needs to rejuvenate during the night. This can cause headaches and difficulties focusing or concentrating.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Your physician's gold standard for treating sleep apnea is the CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy. While this works well for many patients, some people find that the machine is too loud, or they feel claustrophobic when they're trying to sleep at night.
Your team at Gallery Park Dental offers an alternative treatment for sleep apnea. A custom oral appliance is designed to slightly reposition your jaw so it opens your airway and allows you to breathe freely throughout the night. The appliance is comfortable to wear while you sleep, and can also be used in conjunction with the CPAP machine for patients with severe sleep apnea.
Are you ready for a good night's rest? Contact Gallery Park Dental today to learn more about how we can help you.