If you find yourself drowsy every day, even after a full night of sleep, you may want to see your dentist concerning sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects many people who don’t even realize they have the symptoms. However, getting help for sleep apnea can allow you to enjoy each day to its fullest and help you get a good night of rest.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking with dry/sore throat
- Waking at times gasping or choking
- Drowsiness throughout the day
- Lack of energy
- Sleepiness while driving
- Headaches in the morning
- Restless sleep
- Changes in mood
- Weight gain
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops and starts many times throughout the course of your sleep.
How can my dentist help me sleep better?
If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, your dentist can help determine the main cause. In many cases, sleep apnea is caused when the airways become blocked. An oral appliance is oftentimes needed to allow for uninterrupted breathing throughout the night. This appliance opens the airways and helps you get a good night of sleep.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, call your dentist today to set up an appointment! Find out your next best step towards a better night of rest!