Do you think you might have sleep apnea? If so, we encourage you to schedule an exam with your doctor right away. Depending on the outcome of that, sleep apnea treatment is available here at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia.
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition.
Does your bed partner tell you that you frequently stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:
- Loud snoring
- Abrupt awakenings
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Frequently being tired during the day
- Waking with a dry mouth
- Headaches, especially in the morning after awakening
- Difficulty concentrating
Recurring interruptions in breathing during sleep deprives the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When breathing resumes, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.
A device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the best-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people have never heard of any other treatments.
An alternative called Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.