Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

Find out more about sleep apnea and how your Green Valley dentist can help.

Are you worried that your symptoms could be due to sleep apnea? Are you finding that your night’s sleep is anything but restful? Find out more about sleep apnea and when it’s time for you to see a doctor about your symptoms.

What are the common signs of sleep apnea?

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?

  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness or decreased energy throughout the day
  • Feeling sleepy while driving
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Poor, restless sleep
  • A choking sensation upon waking
  • Mood changes
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Insomnia

If you are experiencing any of these problems then your symptoms could be indicative of sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea may experience many of these symptoms while others may not even notice any symptoms at all. That’s what leaves sleep apnea underdiagnosed for long periods of time. Sometimes it’s a spouse that comments on their partner’s raucous snoring or a patient finally can’t stand the overall exhaustion day in and day out that has them finally seeing their doctor. Keep in mind though that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

If you find yourself fighting to stay awake while at work or driving home, these daytime exhaustion could just be your first sign of sleep apnea. It’s time to talk to your doctor.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

However, if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, luckily there are treatments to help manage your symptoms and help you sleep better. While CPAP machines are often used to treat sleep apnea, this bulky equipment isn’t always ideal for every patient. For those looking to treat their symptoms without wearing a facemask throughout the night, your Green Valley dentist has an easier option.

The sleep apnea oral appliance, which looks like a clear plastic mouthguard, is effective for treating those patients with mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea. The appliance prevents the tongue and tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing, preventing obstructions from the airways while you sleep. Your Henderson, NV dentist may recommend an oral appliance in conjunction with your current sleep apnea treatment.

If you want to find out if oral appliance therapy could improve your sleep apnea symptoms and help you rest a bit easier then schedule a consultation with your Henderson, NV dentists Brad Wilbur, DDS and Emily Ishkanian, DMD at Green Valley Dental Center today!