How Dentists Can Treat Sleep Apnea

How Dentists Can Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping, which can disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling tired throughout the day. Although sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes unrecognized because the signs and symptoms occur while you’re unconscious. Sleep apnea can affect you at all ages, including children.

Sleep apnea can be hard to identify, which is why you may need your bed partner or a family member to observe you for any signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate that you have sleep apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Having a dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep
  • Feeling sleepy during the day, even when you’ve had a full night’s rest
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep

This is not to say that everyone who has these symptoms has sleep apnea, but if you have trouble sleeping it could indicate that there may be a problem. Click here for more signs that may indicate that you have sleep apnea:

There are several treatment options for sleep apnea, depending on the source of the problem, such as the well known CPAP machines. If you have mild sleep apnea, there may be some dental treatment devices that could work for you. It would require you to wear these devices at night when you sleep to hold your jaw and tongue so they don’t block your airway.

If you think you may have sleep apnea and want to explore treatment options so you can get a good night’s sleep, visit a location today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with possible treatment options.

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