If you ask someone to list the symptoms of sleep apnea, you may not be surprised to hear snoring near or at the top of their list. With that said, there are several symptoms that someone could list, many of which can seriously intrude on a person’s quality of life. For those who sleep alone and have no one to tell them that they snore, knowing these symptoms can be particularly important for recognizing that something is wrong. Sleep apnea sufferers can experience issues we often associate with sleep deprivation. They can also have a more difficult time with high blood pressure. If you have reason to suspect that you suffer from sleep apnea, let your Livonia/Detroit, MI dentist know! Through oral appliance therapy or a CPAP machine, we can restore your ability to breathe through the night and enjoy proper sleep.
Sleep Apnea Causes More Than Just Snoring
Snoring is an embarrassing problem, one that can be difficult to ignore if you sleep with a partner. However, it is not the only way to recognize that someone has issues with sleep apnea. Other issues include irritability, trouble with high blood pressure, difficulty concentrating, a lack of energy, and an increase in headaches during your mornings. If these issues sound familiar, let your dentist know so that you can resolve this problem before it worsens.
How Sleep Apnea Impacts Your Health
Obstructive sleep apnea affects your ability to breathe by blocking your airways when you are at rest. To address the interference from soft tissues in your throat closing around your breathing passages, your body has to awaken itself. You may not remember waking up, but this intrusion can break your rest cycle and stop you from enjoying the health benefits of sleep. Your symptoms can become harder to ignore as your condition continues to affect you. Your blood pressure can be harder to manage when you have sleep apnea, as the changes in your breathing can affect your heart rate.
Using Oral Appliance Therapy To Treat Your Sleep Apnea
Those who experience problems with obstructive sleep apnea can receive a custom oral appliance to keep their jaw positioned in a way that prevents blockages from occurring. When you have it in place, it will allow you to breathe freely through the night and stay asleep. For those who would benefit from a different approach, we can also discuss the advantages of using a CPAP machine to help you stay at rest.
Talk To Your Livonia/Detroit, MI Dentist About Sleep Apnea
If you think sleep apnea is impacting your health, talk to Dr. James Stewart! With the right treatment, our practice can give you back the ability to enjoy the benefits of a good night’s rest. To find out more, please reach out to our Livonia/Detroit, MI dental office at (734) 425-4400.