Do you or a loved one snore quite a bit? Snoring is fairly common, but it can sometimes indicate another health issue.
Snoring can sometimes be an indicator of sleep apnea. When someone with sleep apnea stops breathing during sleep, they’ll jolt awake each time their breathing stops. This makes for a rough night’s sleep. Thankfully, there are treatment methods available to help you rest easily through the night.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
Snoring is only one common indicator, but there are others that sleep apnea sufferers experience. You may be experiencing sleep apnea if you have several of the following symptoms:
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat.
- Daytime exhaustion.
- Loud breathing when sleeping.
- Headaches in the morning.
- Mood Swings.
- Lack of energy during the day.
- Waking with a coughing or gasping sensation.
Experiencing some or all of these symptoms could indicate you have sleep apnea. We will send you to a sleep specialist who can properly diagnose sleep apnea. The specialist can then send you back to us for treatment.
Treating Sleep Apnea
There are two methods for treating obstructive sleep apnea, using either a CPAP machine or oral appliances. At Porter Dental Health Clinic, we use the oral appliances solution.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat falls over the back of the throat. This causes you to stop breathing. Oral appliances are a type of mouthguard patients with sleep apnea wear at night to maintain an open airway.
The appliance gives support to the jaw, helping it stay in a more forward position when the patient is relaxed and sleeping. With the jaw in a forward position, the upper airway remains open. This increases the likelihood that a patient will sleep through the night.
If you believe sleep apnea is the cause of your restlessness or any of the above-listed symptoms, give us a call. We’d love to set up a consultation appointment and answer any of your questions!