How Would I Know If I Had Sleep Apnea? | Jacksonville, TX
At our Jacksonville, TX dentist’s office, we are concerned not only about the appearance of your teeth, but also your overall well-being, which is why we are in the business of treating sleep disorders, too. One question we get a lot is “how would I know if I had sleep apnea.” We usually answer that with some questions of our own.
Have you been waking up gasping for air? Do you find it hard to focus and remain energetic during the day? Do you feel tired or sleepy even after what you thought was a full night’s sleep? Have you been told that you’ve been snoring like a buzzsaw or making choking or gasping sounds while asleep?
If your answer is “yes” to most these questions, you should schedule a checkup immediately. You may very well be suffering from sleep apnea. We don’t want to scare you but, left undiagnosed or untreated, this condition can trigger a stroke, bring about heart disease, and cause you to act in a reckless manner (on account of sleep-deprivation).
What’s The Deal With Sleep Apnea?
Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder are the two main ways in which the condition manifests itself.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the one we can help with because it happens when your throat muscles relax to the point that they obstruct your airways. This causes you to snore and leads to extended breaks in night-time breathing and typically forces you to suddenly wake up struggling for air.
The worst part is that, since your brain is busy all night (fighting hard to keep you alive), when you wake up in the morning, you won’t feel rested at all! This won’t make for a very enjoyable life after a while.
Sleep Apnea Treatment At The Dentist’s Office
We are confident that we can find a solution for your sleep apnea nightmare. Just so you know, you will be asked to undergo sleep tests first to help us determine the treatment that suits you best.
We always suggest self-corrective strategies initially. Dropping those extra pounds, changing your normal sleeping position, and giving up alcohol and tobacco can vastly improve your sleep apnea troubles. Trust us, it will be worth it.
Still, simple adjustments may not be enough to alleviate your sleeping woes without the help of an oral appliance. And some factors just can’t be changed! These include: having a larger neck size than 17 inches, propensity for acid reflux, and enlarged tonsils or tongue.
Dentists were really able to make a difference once the American Academy of Sleep Medicine added oral appliances as a primary treatment option for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea, about 10 years ago.
We can set you up with a sleep apnea appliance that pulls the lower jaw forward to open up the airways during sleep and restricts the tongue from blocking the airways.
This will help with the snoring and allow you to finally sleep peacefully. By eliminating your sleep apnea, hopefully, once and for all, you’ll feel better-rested in the morning and more “with it” throughout the day and evening.
Learn More, Get Started!
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment , please contact our Jacksonville, TX dental office by calling 903-625-9297 or using the online form.