Sleep apnea is a common condition that can cause you to stop breathing as you sleep. Therefore, as you sleep, your oxygen levels drop, which can cause many other problems throughout your body. Some of these problems include high blood pressure, stroke, depression, irritability, and excessive daytime sleepiness. However, knowing what the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are will help you to know if you should contact your dentist immediately for treatment.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
•Gasping for air as you sleep
•Choking sounds as you sleep
•Difficulty staying asleep
The good news about sleep apnea is that you can receive help. Once diagnosed, your dentist will talk to you about your treatment options. Treatment can be found in many ways, depending on which treatment your dentist feels is best for you. Some of these treatments include oral appliances, continuous positive airway pressure therapy, and even surgery for extreme cases.
If you feel you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact your dentist right away. Call us today at (630) 655-0724 and talk to us about any questions or concerns you might have.