Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea
By CHESAPEAKE FAMILY AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY
September 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out if those restless nights and sleepy days are due to this common sleep disorder.sleep apnea

Has your partner told you that your snoring is unbearably loud? Do you wake up feeling exhausted no matter how much sleep you’ve gotten? Do you find yourself ready to snooze at your desk throughout the day? If so, then your symptoms could be due to sleep apnea, a common but potentially serious sleep disorder. Find out more about sleep apnea and how our Chesapeake, VA, dentist, Dr. Paul LeTellier, could help.

Could you have sleep apnea? Well, you might if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Falling asleep at work or while driving
  • A sore throat upon waking
  • Morning headaches
  • Mood swings and increased irritability
  • Confusion or forgetfulness

If you are experiencing many of these symptoms then you could be dealing with sleep apnea. The sooner you seek a medical evaluation from a sleep specialist the better. Why?

Sleep apnea may be fairly common, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t potentially serious to your health. Think about it. While you are sleeping, something (e.g. either the tongue or the tissue in the back of the throat) obstructs your airway, preventing you from breathing. This can happen up to hundreds of times in just one night!

Besides feeling like you could fall asleep at any moment, sleep apnea can also increase your risk of certain serious health conditions like diabetes, stroke or high blood pressure.

How can you prevent sleep apnea complications and manage your condition?

We’re so glad you asked. While CPAP therapy tends to be the most common treatment option for sleep apnea it isn’t the only effective method. If you’ve been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, then it might be time to talk to our Chesapeake family dentist about oral appliance therapy.

This simple device is custom-made to fit your mouth. You’ll only wear this appliance while you sleep. There are different styles present but they all have the same goal: to prevent obstructions of any kind from blocking the airways. It’s easy, comfortable, convenient and could just help you sleep better.

If you are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is all you need to tackle your sleep apnea symptoms here in Chesapeake, VA, then it’s time you turned to the dental team at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve.

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