Has your bed partner commented on your consistent snoring habit? Have you noticed that you are frequently waking up during the night? One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is chronic snoring. This snoring is often loud and may be accompanied by pauses or gasping. Usually, the snoring gets louder and louder over time.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to more critical consequences if left untreated. While a patient with obstructive sleep apnea is asleep their throat muscles relax too much and block the airway. When the brain realizes it isn’t getting enough oxygen, it wakes the patient just enough to re-open the airway. Patients with sleep apnea may wake up hundreds of times during the night without realizing it. Sleep apnea prevents patients from reaching the sleep state they need to become fully rested and the oxygen deprivation can lead to more serious issues.
Snoring and sleep apnea can also prevent your loved ones from getting a full night’s sleep. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you will notice fatigue and sleepiness throughout the day. Day after day, you may find it more difficult to focus at work, at play, or while driving. You may even have to fight yourself to stay awake during slower moments of your daytime routine. Unfortunately, your partner will suffer too.
Other Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea symptoms are not limited to nighttime sleeplessness and daytime sleepiness. Some of the other symptoms that individuals with sleep apnea experience include:
- Awakening to a dry mouth and/or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
- Struggling to remember details or to learn
- Feeling depressed or irritable
- Waking up frequently to urinate during the night
If you want a safe, productive, and comfortable day, you need a good night’s sleep. Dr. Faltine provides sleep apnea treatment to get you back on track.
Treat Sleep Apnea and Snoring With an Oral Appliance
Come visit Dr. Faltine to learn more about sleep apnea. He can determine whether your symptoms indicate obstructive sleep apnea and then you can work together to create a treatment plan. You may be able to treat your sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Our oral appliances are more comfortable and easy to use than CPAP masks. When you choose oral appliance sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Faltine can provide you with a sleep appliance to put on at bedtime that will gently adjust your mouth position while you sleep to keep your airway open all night long. Oral appliances can be more comfortable, convenient, and affordable. With an open airway, you will breathe easily as you sleep, leading to productive and happy days ahead.
Give us a call today at MiraBella Smiles to schedule your appointment to talk more about sleep apnea and snoring.