When your alarm blares in the morning, do you press snooze, feeling completely exhausted? Do you snore loudly? Sleep apnea might be the reason.
Around 25 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but most of them are unaware they have it. Sleep apnea is the interruption of breathing during sleep. The sufferer’s brain kicks into gear, waking them up very briefly to restart breathing. These awakenings are so brief that the patient may not remember them the next morning, but they will likely feel tired and groggy.
Dentists have become an important part of solving sleep apnea. The traditional fix is wearing a CPAP mask, but many patients are seeking other solutions. We offer more convenient sleep apnea solutions at Lakeville Dental so that you can sleep well again.
What happens if I do not treat my sleep apnea?
If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, it is key to come in for an assessment. Sleep apnea stops your breathing up to hundreds of times each night when the airway becomes blocked by the tongue, excess tissue, or a nasal obstruction. These constant interruptions are dangerous for your oxygen levels and your sleep cycles.
If sleep apnea goes untreated for a long period of time, it increases your risk for developing the following health issues:
- Memory problems
- Heart attack
- Weight gain and obesity
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring, gasping, or choking sounds during sleep
- Waking up struggling for air
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Weight gain
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Excessive sweating
- Headaches and sore throat
If any of the symptoms of sleep apnea are affecting your sleep or the sleep a loved one, early treatment is important. Our dentists can create a custom-made appliance for you to wear during sleep. This will improve the position of your jaw and tongue in order to keep your airway open.
Our well-trained sleep apnea professionals look forward to seeing you at Lakeville Dental and helping you reclaim a good night’s sleep.