Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be a potentially serious sleep disorder, but the symptoms are not always clear cut. In fact, many people are completely unaware that they have a problem until someone else points it out. Our sleep apnea experts in Los Angeles can help.
Symptoms of sleep apnea can vary from person to person. One symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. The snoring of sleep apnea tends to be extremely loud and can interrupt the sleep of others. Another symptom of sleep apnea is a loud choking or gasping. This may occur after a brief pause in breathing or noticeable pause in the snoring. Our Los Angeles dental office offers extensive treatment options that can help patients get more sleep.
Because not every symptom of sleep apnea is readily identifiable, we recommend that our patients be aware of daytime symptoms that can indicate the presence of this common disorder. You may feel irritable and lack focus, attention difficulties are common and many people suffer from dry mouth, sore throat or headache in the morning. You may be drowsy or excessively fatigued during the daytime, accident-prone, have mood swings and find yourself waking frequently throughout the night to use the bathroom. These are symptoms that can indicate the presence of other disorders or health problems, so talking to a Los Angeles healthcare professional is critical to ensuring you get the right diagnosis.
Treatment is critical to easing your symptoms and reducing the health risks of the condition, which include high blood pressure, heart disease and weight gain. Treatment can also improve your overall quality of life and your sleep quality. We may recommend both lifestyle changes and other treatments, such as oral appliances. An oral appliance is a device that fits comfortably in your mouth to keep the airway open as you sleep. CPAP may also be an option. It keeps the airways open using positive airflow.
Contact our office today to learn more about diagnosis and treatment possibilities if you suffer from any symptom of sleep apnea or to schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles sleep apnea dentist.
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