Are you feeling drowsy day after day? Does your partner mention that you snore or gasp during the night? Have you noticed a decrease in your focus and productivity?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Far too many Americans with this sleeping disorder go undiagnosed for years. These Americans are at risk for accident proneness, heart disease, and depression.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that is distinguished by pauses in breathing throughout the night. The sufferer’s airway collapses while they sleep, up to 20 or 30 times per hour. The lack of oxygen sounds an alarm in the brain, which causes the sufferer to wake up and reopen the airway.
Most people don’t remember these pauses in breathing or nighttime awakenings because they only last for a few seconds at a time. However, low quality sleep and insufficient oxygen can lead to serious consequences.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
What should you look out for if you are worried about sleep apnea? Some of the signs of sleep apnea are listed below.
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Gasping or choking sounds during the night
- Waking up during the night to urinate
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping at night
- Poor concentration or memory during the day
- Morning headaches
- Daytime fatigue and drowsiness
Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea most commonly affects males over 40. Some of the risk factors of sleep apnea include obesity, smoking, drinking, and sedatives, but anyone can suffer from sleep apnea. Regardless of your age, weight, or gender, you may need sleep apnea treatment.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Dorrough and Dr. Kolts can assess your sleep disorder and determine which treatments are right for you. In some cases, lifestyle changes like weight loss, quitting smoking, and different sleeping positions can make all the difference. For other patients, an oral device can be a comfortable solution to keep the airway open during the night.
If you suspect that you or a loved one needs sleep apnea treatment, don’t wait. Keep serious health consequences at bay with effective treatment at Troutdale Dental. Call today.