Symptoms & Your Health
Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?
Are you constantly waking up feeling tired and unrested? Do you go through each day fatigued? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. One of the most common signs of a sleep disorder is snoring. Since habitual snoring is extremely common among Americans, sleep apnea is easily overlooked.
Snoring is typically the first sign of sleep apnea. However, since snoring is so common, sleep apnea is frequently ignored. That’s why it’s important to learn about all the possible symptoms to help you determine if your snoring is more than just a sleeping habit.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Don’t continue living with sleep apnea and its uncomfortable symptoms. If you’re experiencing symptoms, please call our Archdale office to schedule a consultation with one of our Triad dentists.
Common symptoms to look out for, especially if your snore, include:
- Sore throat or dry mouth when you wake up
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Gasping for air or choking in the middle of the night
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
- Insomnia or recurring awakenings
- Morning headaches
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
When sleep apnea goes left untreated, it will slowly diminish the amount of oxygen your brain and organs receive which can cause a series of underlying health conditions and illnesses. Sleep apnea has been closely associated with several health problems, including:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
Here at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, your health is important to us. When a patient suspects they’re suffering from sleep apnea, or if we believe you have the condition, we will offer a sleep test right away.
During a sleep test at our Archdale office, you’ll be carefully evaluated overnight so our Triad team can confirm if you have sleep apnea or not. We’ll also provide a rhinometer and pharyngometer analysis to measure your nasal capacity and airway size. Once we’ve officially diagnosed your condition, we’ll recommend treatments based on the severity of your sleep apnea.
It’s important to get your sleep apnea under control as soon as possible. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer custom oral appliances. Our oral appliances are a great alternative to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) as they’re small, portable, and noise-free. These dental-made appliances help move the jaw forward, allowing oxygen to pass through the throat without any obstruction.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to many health risks, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Liver problems
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pregnancy complications
Don’t wait to treat your sleep apnea. Call our Archdale office today at (336) 434-3186 to schedule an appointment. Our Triad team will help you get your sleep apnea under control.
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway becomes obstructed. In adults, a common cause of sleep apnea is excess weight. For most sleep apnea sufferers, their throat and tongue muscles will relax. This soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked and prevent necessary oxygen flow.
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide patients with a small, convenient oral appliance that’s worn each night to open the throat and allow proper airflow into the person’s body.
What should I do if I think I’m suffering from sleep apnea?
If you feel you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact our Triad dentists to schedule an appointment. Our team can evaluate your health and arrange a sleep study if necessary. Once you receive a proper sleep apnea diagnosis, we’ll work with you to find the best treatment option. To schedule your appointment, call our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186.
Get Your Health Back on Track Today!
Don’t let sleep apnea wreak havoc on your life any longer. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re here to help you find an effective sleep apnea solution and make sure you get the restful sleep you need for a long, healthy life. To schedule your appointment with one of our Triad dentists, call our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186. You can also reach out by filling out an online contact form.
We love working with patients all around the Triad of North Carolina, including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and more!