Common Signs That You Could be Suffering From Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, a serious condition affecting 18 million Americans, is a condition that occurs when the upper passages of your airways close up. This cuts off oxygen and interrupts your breathing. A sleep test is needed to confirm if you have the condition.

Some of the common signs of the condition are:

Loud and consistent snoring – loud and consistent snoring that is enough to wake up your partner could be a sign of sleep apnea.

Waking up in the middle of the night to breathe – if you find yourself waking in the middle of the night gasping for air, you could have sleep apnea. Those with severe sleep apnea may wake hundreds of times in the night and not be aware of it.

Daytime fatigue – Since sleep apnea disrupts one’s normal sleep cycle, sufferers may experience daytime fatigue. This may result in a lack of focus and concentration.

Sleeping with an open mouth– Since those who suffer from sleep apnea have a hard time getting enough air through their nose, they often sleep with their mouth open and awake with dry mouth.

If you or someone you love regularly suffer from these symptoms, talk to us here at DaVinci Dentistry. There are treatment options, including the use of a CPAP machine. Since untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, liver problems, and other life-threatening health conditions, it is important to seek help. Please reach out to us at 817.251.9333 to schedule an appointment. We gladly welcome patients from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

What are the Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea?

There are several risk factors associated with sleep apnea that you should be aware of:

  • Men are 2-3x more likely to suffer from the disorder.
  • Sleep Apnea is more prevalent in those over age 40.
  • Carrying excess weight increases the risk of this disorder.
  • A family history of this disorder increases one’s chance of suffering from it.
  • Smokers are 3x more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

To reduce your risk, keep a healthy weight and lose weight if needed. Follow a healthy regimen of diet and exercise. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Avoid food high in processed carbs and fat and focus on eating healthy proteins, fresh fruit, and vegetables. If you smoke, try to quit by seeking support, checking out the American Lung Association website for tips, and talking to your doctor. 

Sleep apnea is a serious condition with many complications. Work to reduce the risks that are in your control. There is good news: treatment is available through the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine that fits over your nose and mouth and blows air into your airway while you sleep. Your dentist can discuss this option with you as well as other dental appliances used to treat sleep apnea.

If you or someone you know could be suffering from sleep apnea, we are here to help. Please reach out to DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333 to schedule an appointment. We gladly welcome patients at DaVinci Dentistry from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

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