Disruptive sleep apnea is actually very common, but often goes un-diagnosed or mis-diagnosed. If you suspect you might be suffering from sleep apnea take this quick test to determine if you have any of the common signs associated with sleep apnea.
Do you experience any of the following:
√Choking or gasping for air
√Extreme fatigue or headaches on awaking
√Poor concentration during the day
√Toss and turn repeatedly during the night
√Feeling drowsy or falling sleep during regular activities
√Irritability, depression or experiencing mood swings
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms then you should be checked for disruptive sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour! Often, normal breathing starts again with a loud snort or choking sound.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can have very serious and even life-shortening consequences. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, car accidents cause by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, and depression have all been linked to disruptive sleep apnea.
How Does a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
Usually, the solution prescribed for those suffering with sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. This forces oxygen into the lungs at night while you sleep. While this does help sleep apnea, this treatment has it’s own side affects. Often people complain about the discomfort of having to wear a breathing mask at night while sleeping and they also find the noise from the CPAP machine disruptive.
Fortunately, there is another alternative that can be provided by your dentist, Dr. Sammons. A small custom-made oral appliance that keeps the airway open while you sleep has proven to be as effective as a CPAP, but much less disruptive to sleep.
“It is very gratifying to help a patient discover an apnea issue they were not aware of because once diagnosed and treated it is truly life changing for the patient and their quality of life.” – Dr. Brad Sammons
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If you would like to talk with Dr. Sammons about sleep apnea treatment just call us at (317)859-6768 or contact us online. He will be happy to help you find the relief you need!