Are you worried you have sleep apnea? At True Dental, your dentist in Odenton, MD, we are proud to offer our patients sleep apnea treatment. In this blog post, we talk about what sleep apnea is, signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, and treatment options.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by the collapse of the soft tissue at the back of your throat throughout the night while you sleep. This can happen hundreds of times throughout the night. Every time your breathing stops, your vital organs become deprived of oxygen. Chronic obstruction of breathing can contribute to a number of serious health issues if left untreated. These include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, increased ADHD, and high blood pressure.
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Though not all people who snore have sleep apnea, chronic snoring is often connected to sleep apnea. Snoring can occur when the back of your throat collapses and obstructs the flow of air. Ask your partner, spouse, or roommate if you snore or if there are moments when you stop breathing during sleep.
In addition, consider whether you ever wake up gasping for air at night and/or if you struggle with dry mouth. If you snore with your mouth open throughout the night, you are not producing as much saliva. This dries out your mouth, which can lead to noticeably bad breath.
Do you suffer from morning headaches? If your sleep and breathing are periodically interrupted during sleep, you are bound to have headaches from insufficient rest and oxygen for your brain.
If you can’t sleep well through the night because of sleep apnea, it’s likely you’ll feel tired and cranky during the day. Sleep apnea can cause insomnia, fatigue, daytime drowsiness, irritability, and difficulty focusing.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Odenton, MD
If you experience any of these warning signs of sleep apnea, contact us to schedule a consultation at True Dental. Our Odenton dental office offers sleep apnea treatment so you can finally get a good night’s sleep. We can create a custom-fitted oral appliance that will gently reposition your jaw while you sleep. These appliances are soft, retainer-like trays worn during sleep to keep the airway open so you can breathe without interruption throughout the night.
For more information about our dental services or to schedule your next appointment at our office, call us or reach out via our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!