Have you ever had anyone tell you that it sounded like you were stopping breathing during the night, then gasping for air to catch your breath? This could be sleep apnea rearing its head. This is an ailment where one struggles to maintain their breath during the night. There are a few different causes of sleep apnea, plus many symptoms that can appear if you suffer from this ailment. Here is an overview so you can decide if you should be checked out for sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is a lack of breathing during sleep, often for anywhere from a few seconds, up to a minute, sometimes longer. This can happen to a person of any age, from children up through senior citizens, and happens to both men and women. However, if you are a male that is at least 40 years old and you happen to be overweight, you are slightly more at risk than others.
If you often wake tired, with a headache, feeling as though you have not slept for days, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, and you may want to get into a sleep clinic to get diagnosed.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a wide variety of health issues. You could wind up with blood pressure that goes up far too high, issues with the health of your heart, headaches and exhaustion, memory issues, and the list goes on from there. When you have sleep apnea, something needs to be done about it to get it under control, because the longer it goes on, the worse those symptoms typically become.
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Getting Sleep Apnea Treatment
The first thing you must do to get treated for sleep apnea is to get diagnosed and see if you are truly suffering from this, or if it happens to be another ailment that is causing your issues. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are going to need to get some type of treatment. For those with a mild diagnosis of sleep apnea, the treatment may involve losing weight, sleeping in different positions, or quitting smoking. However, as the severity increases, so does the level of treatment.
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If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and you were told that a dental appliance would be the best solution to help you sleep safely, then Dr. Mahar is the perfect dentist to help you. When you come in, you will get an exam, and you can get an appliance created to fit your mouth perfectly.
If you have not yet been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can still contact our office and we can help you get diagnosed properly. Once you know what you are facing, you can then figure out which form of treatment is going to best help you, and get that process started. Sleep apnea needs to be treated properly in order to minimize the symptoms you are experiencing. Call us at (315) 766-2770 for an appointment today, and get that process started!