When we hear that a patient suffers from a certain type of chronic headache, our antennae for sleep-apnea-related problems goes up right away. You see, this sleep disorder results in a wide array of symptoms that do not always tip off the sufferer that sleep apnea is the underlying cause. The good news, however, is that by scheduling six-month dental checkups, we can listen to your concerns, ask the right questions, and quickly diagnose you with this sleep disorder. By following this up with sleep apnea treatment, you can enjoy relief from associated side effects, including those frustrating headaches. Become more familiar with the details by considering some common questions (and answers).
If you have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea then you know that this problem brings with it a variety of symptoms and potentially long-term side effects. In fact, nightly interrupted sleep can even damage your health if you avoid sleep apnea treatment for too long. For example, patients are often surprised to learn that this sleep disorder may lead to high blood pressure, which subsequently places you at a greater risk for additional complications. Curious about the connection between your nightly sleep problem and your blood pressure? Allow us to provide you with some clarification with a quick Q&A session.
When it comes to strange side effects of sleep apnea, such as dry mouth and sore throat, you might not know what to make of these sensations. In addition, you may wonder if they’re normal and may even assume they’re too minor to ask us about. Rest assured – we are happy to answer all of your questions. Even the less challenging side effects are significant for us to address! It’s important to keep in mind that the sooner you schedule an appointment with us, the sooner we can provide effective treatment. In the meantime, let us help you decipher what’s happening in your body and explain how we can help.
If anyone has ever complained about your nightly snoring, you are running the risk of causing second-hand snoring. Have you always assumed that this loud, annoying noise that you’re creating while you sleep is something that is certainly worthy as the punch line of a joke or two – but that it’s not something to worry about? Or, perhaps your significant other consistently complaining about the sleep-time ruckus you create. This, of course, may lead you to recognize there’s some significance to the idea that your snoring causes serious side effects. Find out what you do – or do not – know by testing yourself.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea then you are probably already aware of the basics. You know that when you sleep at night, your throat muscles relax instead of remaining active. As a result, your throat tissues collapse, blocking your ability to breathe. Your brain, of course, recognizes the oxygen loss and nudges you awake to take a breath. As a result, a slew of symptoms will begin to appear on a daily basis. How much do you know about the side effects of this sleep disorder? Find out by quizzing your knowledge.
You may not have thought much about the ways you’re contributing to sleep apnea if you’ve recently been diagnosed. The good news is that no matter what you do at home, we will offer treatment that will help keep you breathing comfortably and consistently through the night. The even better news is that you may be able to make some changes to your daily (and evening) routine that will promote successful treatment, so you can sleep soundly again.
When you first begin learning about what’s wrong with your nightly sleep, you may find yourself a bit confused by terms. After all, snoring and sleep apnea both start with the letter “s” and are both disruptive to your ability to snooze soundly through the night. However, as you begin learning more about these sleep disorders, you will find that it becomes easier to remember their similarities and differences. Do you think you’re a master yet? Find out by testing your knowledge – you might even learn a new fact or two.
Are you dealing with sleep apnea? If so, you will be happy to learn that we offer a variety of treatment solutions to improve nightly sleep. If you have already begun doing a bit of research into how we can help treat your sleep disorder, you may have come across oral appliance therapy. Typically the first approach to addressing your nightly sleep interruptions, this type of therapy is well suited to most patients. Curious how much you know about treatment (and how much you have yet to learn)? Quiz yourself to find out. Then, for further details or to begin treatment, contact us right away to schedule an appointment.
First of all, you are well aware that sleep apnea has a significant effect on your daily life. Not only do you wake up to face a day of exhaustion but you also experience a variety of other common symptoms. Whether the side effects causing you the most grief include moodiness, trouble concentrating, a sore throat when you wake up, dry mouth, or even headaches, you may be overlooking something: This sleep disorder is certainly harming your daily quality of life – but did you ever stop to wonder who else it may be affecting? Test your knowledge to learn a bit more about what makes seeking treatment so essential.
Dr. James Stewart offers treatment for sleep apnea and chronic snoring at his dental practice in Livonia, MI. Today he answers a common question regarding obstructive sleep apnea.