Do you wake yourself up with your own loud snores? Does your partner sometimes stop breathing in his or her sleep? Do you wake up with headaches, or find yourself easily fatigued during the day no matter how much sleep you get? If so, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience a decreased flow of oxygen while they sleep, typically caused by muscles relaxing so much that they collapse and obstruct their airway.
Sleep apnea causes not only snoring, but also frequent waking during the night, and it has been linked to higher risk of stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Sleep Apnea Signs & Symptoms
- Loud Snoring
- Gasping for Air During Sleep
- Stoppage of Breathing for Short Periods During Sleep
- Extreme Fatigue During the Day
- Frequent Urination During the Night
- Morning Headaches
- Chronic Heartburn
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, contact your dentist in Wake Forest, NC, Dr. Nina Thomas. She is passionate about sleep apnea treatment, and she can help you find relief from your symptoms and start getting a better night’s rest.
One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is with continuous positive airway pressure, also known as CPAP therapy. A CPAP mask worn over your nose and mouth gently pushes air into your lungs while you sleep. This movement of air keeps the tissues in your throat from collapsing, meaning you’re able to take deep and uninterrupted breaths.
You may experience side effects including dry nose, sore throat, and nasal congestion when you first begin your sleep apnea treatment. Its effectiveness relies on your ability to tolerate the machine as well as your consistent use of it. If you’re not comfortable with your CPAP device, call Dr. Thomas to discuss methods of relieving the side effects so you can sleep more easily. She can also fit you with a small and comfortable dental device that will allow you to breathe on your own.
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