Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing frequently stops and starts. Loud snoring is the main symptom of sleep apnea. Daytime drowsiness, loss of concentration and depression are often the repercussions for someone suffering from sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue falls to the back of the throat and the upper airway and airflow are blocked. The airflow reduction causes oxygen levels in your brain to drop. When the oxygen levels drop, the sleeping person partially awakens and a full breath is taken, usually as a loud gasp. The repeated effects of decreased oxygenation can cause serious cardiovascular problems and reduce the quality of your life.
Raleigh Implant and Family Dentistry recognizes that sleep apnea is not just a nuisance for you and your partner; it is also a disorder that puts your overall health at risk. Drs. Rodriguez and Melcher understand the symptoms and treatments necessary to resolve sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea presents with a wide range of symptoms, some of which don’t appear right away. The symptoms include:
- Loud, chronic snoring often seen in obstructive sleep apnea
- 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 this condition is very important for your health and quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or feel you may have any of the symptoms, Raleigh Implant and Family Dentistry can help! Customized night guards or mouthguards work well in treating sleep apnea problems. 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. Sleep is important! Start waking up well rested, energized, and focused on the day’s tasks. Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Melcher 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 (919) 782-0548.