Are you wondering if your daytime exhaustion or loud snoring could be something more?
According to the CDC, about one in three American adults aren’t getting enough sleep. Perhaps you find yourself wide-awake in the middle of the night, or maybe you have a good sleep schedule but despite the hours you still wake up tired. Do you feel as if no matter how much sleep you get you still feel like a zombie in the morning? If so, then maybe you have sleep apnea. Our Denver, CO, sleep apnea dentist Dr. Steven Wilk is here to shed some light on the subject.
What is sleep apnea?
This sleep disorder affects millions of American adults, some of which don’t even know that they have this problem. This condition causes a person to stop breathing throughout the night. These breathing cessations can happen hundreds of times in just one night’s sleep, and with the lack of oxygen getting to the brain this not only causes daytime exhaustion and irritability but it can also lead to long-term health problems like high blood pressure or an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. This is why it’s so important to seek medical attention if you think you may have sleep apnea.
What are the symptoms?
So, you may be wondering what some of the telltale signs of sleep apnea are. Well, this condition will manifest itself in different ways. You may find that you wake up with headaches every morning or you may find that no matter how much sleep you get that you still don’t wake up feeling refreshed. You may feel as if you are in a sleepy fog all day. Because of this, you may also notice that you are prone to anxiety, irritability and even depression. Those with sleep apnea are also more likely to suffer from loud, disruptive snoring.
How can my Denver general dentist treat sleep apnea?
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea our dentist can also help treat your symptoms. No, you didn’t read that wrong. Our very own Dr. Wilk specializes in treating sleep apnea with the use of oral appliance therapy. While this treatment isn’t right for everyone, it can be a great way to treat symptoms of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. Just by wearing this custom oral device (which looks similar to a mouthguard) every night while you sleep we can help you get a better night’s rest.
If all signs point to sleep apnea, then it’s time you sought a qualified sleep specialist to help you out. If you are interested in finding out more about oral appliance therapy and whether it could help you then call Artistic & Family Dental in Denver, CO, today.