Sleep apnea is a very serious chronic condition that, if left untreated, can lead to a number of different oral health and whole body health problems. Early diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea can empower you to get the effective treatments that you need to avoid long-term sleep apnea related problems.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you recognize common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. Let’s get started!
One of the most obvious signs of sleep apnea is loud nighttime snoring. Patients with sleep apnea often snore so loudly that they wake themselves up, or they wake their sleeping partners up.
Another hint that you’re dealing with sleep apnea is if you start to suffer from fatigue and concentration problems throughout the day. Sleep apnea prevents patients from getting high-quality sleep; low oxygen levels due to sleep apnea disrupt your natural REM cycle.
If you suffer from chronic dry mouth at night, this can also be an indication that you’re suffering from sleep apnea. Nighttime dry mouth may also lead to increased bad breath and a scratchy, painful throat.
Sleep apnea sufferers are also likely to deal with headaches, especially in the morning and in the evening. Again, this is usually a byproduct of poor quality sleep.
The problem with sleep apnea is that it tends to intensify over time; sleep apnea actually puts patients at a greater risk of suffering from very serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Our Saint Louis dentists provide the effective sleep apnea treatments that you need to regain a healthy night’s sleep, and protect your health. Call our office to schedule a consultation and learn more! You can also submit a question for our dentist by using the Contact Us form on our website. Don’t let sleep apnea derail your life!