You probably know that going to bed early and still waking up exhausted tends to happen to everyone. But did you know that if this happens to you consistently, you could be suffering from sleep apnea? Sadly, if you have sleep apnea you could have to cope with a number of serious issues.
You see, if you have sleep apnea, youll stop breathing for ten seconds or more while youre asleep. Because youll be sleeping, this condition could be difficult to diagnose. However, there are a few signs you may be able to recognize. For instance, did you know that headaches, dry mouth, and lethargy could all be symptoms of sleep apnea? Fortunately, a dentist is often the first person to recognize this problem.
However, the type of treatment you need depends on the type of sleep apnea you have. For example, there are custom oral appliances that may reposition your jaw and improve airflow. A CPAP machine may also be useful. However, CPAP machines are sometimes considered loud and uncomfortable, so some people prefer an oral appliance.
Untreated sleep apnea could lead to a number of serious issues. For example, if you have sleep apnea, you may have to cope with high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, depression, headaches, and fatigue.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Packman, has been trained to recognize the symptoms of this condition and will be happy to examine your mouth. We have take-home sleep test machine that helps us identify whether you have sleep apnea. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please dont hesitate to contact us at 704.873.2211. We look forward to hearing from you!