Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which a person stops breathing or takes shallow breaths, typically for a just a few seconds, while sleeping. The most common form of sleep apnea is when the airway is blocked or too small. Sometimes, it could be due to allergies. Other times, it could be caused by the shape of the airway or enlarged tonsils or the uvula. Making the resolution to get this condition treated will lead to a year of more rest.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Many people do not realize that they have sleep apnea. There are some key symptoms:
· Snoring, especially when sleeping on your back
· Daytime fatigue
· Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
· Morning headaches
· Gasping for air when sleeping
Many times, your sleeping partner will notice the symptoms of sleep apnea before you do.
Just being fatigued can be stressful, but sleep apnea is often associated with a higher risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. It’s estimated that about half of all people who have sleep apnea also have high blood pressure. The condition can also cause relationship issues and problems at work. It’s important to get treatment, before it affects your long-term health.
There are many different treatment options for sleep apnea. A lifestyle change, such as losing weight and changing sleep positions, may be one option. A prosthodontist offers oral appliances that prevent the soft tissue in your mouth from blocking the airway. You may have to work with your healthcare providers to find the best treatment option for your needs. An oral appliance is comfortable to wear at night when you sleep. It’s easy to take while traveling, because it’s small and portable.
Make a New Year’s resolution to get more sleep this year. Contact Dr. Assing for an appointment to find the right sleep apnea treatment for you in Brandon. FL. Don’t let restless nights affect your health, your job, and your relationships.
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