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Sleep Apnea is Not a Condition to Ignore: Learn the Symptoms and the Signs

December 13, 2017

Sleep Apnea is Not a Condition to Ignore: Learn the Symptoms and the SignsThousands if not millions of Americans have sleep apnea and yet many don’t realize it. It’s common for a person suffering from this condition to know that they don’t feel well and to know about the symptoms they have – the just may not know the cause of these symptoms. If you’re concerned that you may have sleep apnea, read on to learn about the symptoms and signs. Then make an appointment with a California dentist by calling California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161.

Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea

Not everyone will have the same signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. One of the most common signs is loud snoring but remember that just because you don’t snore doesn’t mean you don’t have sleep apnea. Other signs include pausing while snoring with chokes or gasps after the pause, being tired during the day, falling asleep quickly during the day if you’re not busy, headaches in the morning, and issues remembering things or concentrating.

Other potential signs of sleep apnea include felling irritable, being depressed, or generally have changes in personality or mood swings that aren’t otherwise explained. If you wake up often in the night to urinate, or if you find that when you wake up you have a sore throat or a dry mouth, then you may have sleep apnea. Reach out to us at (800) 407-0161 to set up an appointment for assessment.

Signs of sleep apnea in a child

Many parents have no idea that sleep apnea is also rather common in children. Why? Because it’s not always as easy to recognize. Some signs to keep an eye out for include loud snoring, excessive sweating while sleeping, and night terrors. Children with sleep apnea often have strange sleeping positions and they’re more likely to suffer from bedwetting.

Treatment options for sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can be treated in a number of ways. One of the most common treatments is an oral appliance. This is a mouth piece that we custom make to fit you. It includes a plastic-like mold that’s formed specifically to your teeth and mouth. This can treat sleep apnea and can treat snoring too. This is a good option for mild to moderate sleep apnea and can sometimes be a solution for severe sleep apnea. It can be used instated of oral surgery or CPAPA.

These oral appliances work because they move the jaw forward. This improves the upper airway, which then lowers the amount of air resistance. This air resistance can lead to both sleep apnea and snoring. However, before we decide on the right treatment, it’s best to get a sleep study. This will help us ensure that the appliance is the best option for you.

Note that the over-the-counter options you can find, which typically involving boiling a piece of plastic and then biting into it to supposedly create an appliance that fits your mouth, aren’t going to be effective against sleep apnea. For the solution that really works, call California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161.