You’ve heard of sleep apnea. Maybe you have wondered if you have it, too.
If you do, then you need to take steps to treat this sleep disorder as soon as possible. Sleep apnea increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and strokes. Statistically, it also increases your risk of being in a car accident.
We are glad that we can offer sleep apnea treatment at our dentist office in Roseville, CA. Our team at Advanced Dental Concepts could design an oral appliance to help you — and people close to you — get the deep, healthy sleep that you need.
The only way to be certain that you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep test. If you aren’t sure if you should be tested, pay attention or ask your loved ones about these symptoms:
For many people with obstructive sleep apnea, loud and persistent snoring night after night is one of the first clues that you could have this condition. Everyone snores sometimes, so this does not necessarily mean you have sleep apnea.
However, snoring is easily the most noticeable symptom of this condition. This is especially true for people with obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of this sleep disorder.
When someone’s airways are narrow, this amplifies the sound of their snoring.
You may have inherited a narrow airway from your parents. Your airway also can become narrower as a result of large tonsils, your tongue blocking part of the airway, or soft tissues pushing into your airway.
The snoring mentioned above is often part of a cycle the repeats hundreds of times each night when you have sleep apnea. When your airways are partially blocked, it makes your snoring louder.
When your airways become completely blocked, you do stop snoring … because you also stop breathing. To get you to breathe again, your brain will wake you up long enough to take a few breaths and the cycle starts again. Most of the time, you won’t have any memory of this happening.
Your spouse — who can’t sleep because of your snoring — may be more aware of these breathing stoppages than you are.
The constant cycle of drifting to sleep, snoring, stopping breathing, and waking up prevents you from reaching the deep stages of sleep. These deep stages are important for your overall health and for helping you feel refreshed.
Without deep sleep, you experience sleep deprivation. And when you are sleep deprived, you may find yourself nodding off more often and more easily than you would like.
This sleepiness could cause you to fall asleep watching your favorite team play a game, while you are at work, and (as we alluded to in the introduction) while you are behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Headaches are another common symptom that can be the result of not getting good sleep. If are waking up more often than you would like with headaches, then you should consider if you are experiencing any of the other symptoms mentioned above.
If you are tired of complaints about your snoring, concerns about your breathing stoppages, or feelings of being tired, then you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to find out if you have sleep apnea.
If you do, Dr. Miller and the rest of our team at Advanced Dental Concepts are ready to help you get the treatment you need. To get started, request a consultation by filling out our online form or by calling (916) 945-9985.