When you go to bed at night, does your spouse or partner complain about your snoring? Do you feel tired throughout the day? Are you being jolted awake in your sleep gasping for air? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea, a serious condition that needs to be corrected and addressed.
Healthy Smiles is dedicated to ensuring that you are taken care of and that you are not experiencing undiagnosed sleep apnea. If you do have obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Anastassatos wants to talk to you. If you do not think you have severe sleep apnea but are concerned about your disturbing snoring, we want to hear from you, too!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is characterized by the interruption of sleep due to the tissues in the back of your throat blocking off your airway. Once the airway is blocked, you will be jolted awake – whether you realize it or not – and this is what causes all of the interruptions you experience throughout the night.
Snoring is caused when the respiratory tissues vibrate as you breathe, which produces the snoring noise. The more obstructed your airway, the louder you will snore.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are many symptoms that you might display when you are experiencing sleep apnea. Of course, it is important for you to remember that just because you do not have all the symptoms does not mean that you do not have sleep apnea. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Sore or dry throat in the morning
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking up gasping for air or choking
- Loud snoring
- Tiredness or drowsiness throughout the day
- Interrupted sleep
Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or are concerned that you may have sleep apnea, it is important to speak with Dr. Anastassatos right away. He will work with a physician to get a sleep study performed, likely a home sleep study. Many home sleep tests are covered by insurance companies. Once the sleep test is performed, Dr. Anastassatos will be able to recommend the right treatment for you.
Typically, a CPAP device is the default route to treat sleep apnea and chronic snoring, but not everyone wants one as they are loud, bulky, and uncomfortable for many. We will provide you with an oral appliance for your sleep apnea as a comfortable, convenient alternative to a CPAP device. The oral appliance is custom made to fit in your mouth and keeps your airway open throughout the night to prevent snoring and sleep apnea from occurring.
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Appointment!