What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when an individual’s breathing stops and starts throughout the night. And while there are different types, one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. It occurs when the throat’s muscles relax, resulting in a narrowed or blocked airway. Thankfully, the body is incredible – and the brain signals the individual to wake up for some air. Hence why those with sleep apnea often wake up gasping.
This cycle continues throughout the night, over and over and over - which is why it is so hard to feel rested and rejuvenated.
Signs You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are many signs you may require sleep apnea treatment. Snoring loudly at night is one of them. If you aren’t sure whether you snore, then look out for these other symptoms:
- Headaches in the morning
- Mood swings, easily irritated
- Waking up tired
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth or sore throat when waking
- Waking up in the night choking or gasping for air
Why Choose Davis Gribble Hollowwa?
The highly skilled team at Davis Gribble Hollowwa handles more than just teeth. We are experts at everything to do with your oral health - and that includes your obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) can be very beneficial in treating obstructive sleep apnea, helping to keep the airway open while you sleep. With our in-house lab, we are able to create these custom-fit appliances right in our office. We can ensure that it is the optimal fit, easily making adjustments as needed so that you can have the best sleep of your life.
Let us help you have a good night.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does sleep apnea need to be treated?
By choosing not to address sleep apnea, you will experience things like daytime tiredness, elevated blood pressure, and potentially dangerous cardiac concerns. Sleep apnea does not just go away on its own without treatment, but making positive lifestyle changes may alleviate the symptoms.
What does it feel like to have untreated sleep apnea?
Without treating sleep apnea, you may find yourself waking up and gasping for air. The morning may bring a sore throat, dry mouth, and a headache. And insomnia may begin to plague your night. Seeking treatment using oral appliance therapy is a simple way to resolve these unpleasantries.
What is the most common cause of sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea can happen for a number of reasons. The most common is excessive weight. Sometimes shedding a few pounds can reduce the symptoms.