Posts for: October, 2015
Could your restless nights and daily fatigue be warning you that you could have sleep apnea?
Everyone can agree that sleep is not only revitalizing and wonderful but also important to our wellbeing and general health. Can you imagine how you would feel if you didn’t get sleep? Most of us don’t want to even think about the repercussions that lack of sleep can cause us, but unfortunately for many people, this issue is a reality. Find out if your sleep problems could be due to sleep apnea and when you should turn to your Madison dentist Dr. Angela Bauer Williams for help.
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Does your significant other complain that your snoring sounds like a freight train? One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring that often gets worse when sleeping on your back. The snoring may become quieter if you sleep on your side and you don’t have to snore every night in order to truly have sleep apnea.
Keep in mind that while snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea it doesn’t mean that everyone who snores actually has this condition. The only way to find out is to get a proper medical diagnosis.
Another frequent warning sign is daytime sleepiness. And we don’t mean just feeling a bit tired at the end of the day. This sleepiness is constant and begins the minute you wake up and continues throughout the day. You may find yourself falling asleep at the wheel or falling asleep at your desk. If you are noticing excessive fatigue then it’s time you talked to your doctor about sleep apnea.
Other symptoms include:
- Morning headaches
- Problems concentrating
- Mood changes (feeling more depressed or irritable)
- Dry mouth or sore throat when waking up
Children may also display signs of hyperactivity, poor performance in school and hostile temperament. Some children with sleep apnea may also breath through their mouths.
How can my dentist help with sleep apnea?
We work with sleep specialists to make sure that you are getting the proper care your need. We aren’t just about keeping your teeth clean, we are also here to treat your health problems. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea we can begin creating your treatment plan. Some patients find relief from wearing a simple oral appliance that helps to hold the jaw and tongue in place so it doesn’t obstruct the airways while you sleep.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are looking for a treatment that is less cumbersome or more effective than CPAP then it’s time you talked to your Madison dentist at Cambridge Family Dental about whether oral appliance therapy could help you.