By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
January 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Could your sleep disturbances be the result of this common sleep disorder?

sleep apneaWhile a lot of Americans deal with sleep problems at some point during their lifetime, when we talk about sleep apnea we aren’t talking about the normal tossing and turning that can often occur. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious and chronic sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for several seconds throughout the course of a night. From the office of our South Glastonbury, CT, dentist Dr. Steve Hinchey, find out the common symptoms associated with sleep apnea and why this condition needs to be treated.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during the night
  • Pauses in breath (a symptom your partner may notice while you are sleeping)
  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Waking up exhausted
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Increased irritability
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Memory loss

A lot of people with sleep apnea don’t even know they have it; however, if you find yourself nodding off throughout the day and you never wake up feeling refreshed then you could very well be dealing with sleep apnea. This is a good time to see a sleep specialist.

Why does sleep apnea need to be treated?

Anything that negatively impacts your sleep is a serious problem. You need proper sleep for your health and well-being, and if there is a way to get more restorative sleep why wouldn’t you do it?

Plus, untreated sleep apnea has been linked to a variety of serious and chronic health problems. Those with sleep apnea are at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. By getting sleep apnea under control we can also reduce these health risks.

How can my dentist help me?

When you think about sleep disorders you probably don’t think about seeing a dentist for treatment; however, our South Glastonbury, CT, general dentist could also provide you with the relief you need to get a better night’s rest. Instead of wearing a CPAP facemask every night, which can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, a custom oral appliance that will fit over your upper and lower teeth (similar to a mouthguard) can be made and will prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing or the tongue from obstructing the airways while you sleep. This device alone could help many people that are suffering from mild-to-moderate forms of sleep apnea.

If you or a loved one is dealing with sleep apnea then it’s a great time to schedule a consultation with our South Glastonbury, CT, family dentist to find out if oral appliance therapy is a simple solution for managing your symptoms and helping you sleep better at night.