A day can be completely ruined by a poor night of sleep. Without proper sleep, you can experience many different symptoms that will have you looking for an excuse to take a power nap. If you can’t seem to ever get a good night’s sleep, sleep apnea could be the reason. Daily tasks can seem impossible without a restful night of sleep and no matter how much sleep you seem to be getting you may keep waking up exhausted. Sound familiar?
Here are additional symptoms you may experience with sleep apnea:
- Sore/dry throat when waking
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Irritability / mood swings
- Forgetfulness / lack of concentration
- Lack of energy throughout the day
- Episodes of no breathing or lack of breathing while sleeping
If many or all of these symptoms are relatable, there is a very good chance that you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially harmful disorder that causes breathing to stop and start many times throughout the night. The constant interruption in breathing causes you to wake up several times per hour so that you can breathe again and fall back asleep. You may not remember waking, but your body will never get into a constant state of restful sleep because it keeps having to wake to allow you to breathe properly. This cycle will rob you of the sleep that you need and can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes or liver problems.
There is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea that a dentist can administer called an oral appliance. If your sleep apnea is caused by your airways being closed off during sleep, an oral appliance may be necessary to help open the airways as you sleep. Oral appliance therapy is designed to solve your sleep interruptions and help you sleep deeply once again. If your dentist feels you need further treatment outside an oral appliance, we can assist you in getting the help you need.
If you or a loved one is suffering from lack of a good night’s sleep, visit our office to find out more about the possibility of sleep apnea. Call us today to schedule an appointment for sleep apnea in Oxnard, CA. We want to help you get the sleep you need and find out the cause of your sleeplessness. Don’t let sleep apnea keep you from living life to its fullest.