Obstructive sleep apnea can have a serious effect on your everyday life. It may be hindering you from getting a good night’s sleep without you even knowing about it.

Due to its silent characters, a local dentist like Dr. Dean is more likely to notice a case of sleep apnea. A typical patient will see a general practitioner only when they are sick or have other health concerns. A local dentist will see a patient twice a year no matter what.

 

What is happening during obstructive sleep apnea?

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is when a patient’s throat muscles relax and their jaw or tongue position block their airways.

This brief lack of air causes many issues inside your body while you sleep. The oxygen in your blood cells drops each time your body is deprived of air. This increases blood pressure and activates stress hormones. High blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular problems and even Metabolic syndrome.

We can help! For many patients with sleep apnea, the best solution is to wear a dental appliance while they sleep. The device is fitted to your mouth so it is comfortable. It will reposition the jaw and tongue to improve airflow.

 

Here are a few daytime signs you can watch for to help determine if you should be tested for sleep apnea.

Drowsiness.

Do you experience fatigue during the day? Even when you get a healthy amount of sleep the night before? Each time your airways are blocked, your body needs to wake up a little to get the air moving again. You often won’t wake up enough to know you are awake.

Sleepy significant others.

If you have a significant other, your sleep apnea is likely to affect them too. Obstructive sleep apnea is often accompanied by loud snoring.

Shortness of breath in the middle of the night.

Do you wake up in the middle of the night feeling panicked? This is a sign that you may have central sleep apnea. Central is different than obstructive sleep apnea because it is caused by your brain, not just your airways. Central sleep apnea is not as common but should be checked out as soon as possible.

Morning headaches.

Does your morning start out a little louder than most? Sleep apnea often causes headaches due to high blood pressure and poor sleep quality.

Weight gain.

Maintaining a proper sleep schedule is important to maintain a healthy weight. If you have sleep apnea, a healthy sleep schedule is disrupted. You may find yourself gaining weight. If left untreated, the unhealthy pattern of sleep caused by sleep apnea will continue an may lead to type two diabetes.