Have you given up on getting a good night’s sleep? Do you power through your day fueled by coffee still feeling like a zombie? Is loud snoring leaving you all alone in bed?
You don’t have to keep struggling and wondering why you’re so tired every day. It could be something called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and there’s help available at Beautiful Smiles in Auburn.
What Are Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Being tired all the time, even though you’re getting enough rest, is one of the biggest signs that you could have sleep apnea. So many people think something else is to blame for their constant tiredness such as an illness, a bad mattress, stress, too much caffeine, and so much more. But sleep apnea could be to blame as it affects over 20 million Americans. Thanks to the improving innovations available in science and dentistry available today, there are more than a few effective treatment options.
Check out this list of common sleep apnea symptoms. Do any of these sound familiar to you or maybe someone in your family?
- Daytime sleepiness and excessive drowsiness
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Irritability in doing daily tasks or dealing with other people
- Increased or marked depression and anxiety
- Restless sleep and/or loud snoring
- Recurring headaches or migraines
- Difficulty concentrating throughout the day
These are just some of the effects you may be feeling due to sleep apnea. As you can see, it can be tricky to diagnose sleep apnea because the symptoms are identical to the common side effects of other illnesses. If possible, try to keep a journal of your symptoms and share them with us when you schedule your sleep apnea consultation.
Why Should I See A Dentist For Trouble Sleeping?
It may seem strange to think that a dentist can give you relief from a sleep disorder. But dentists can complete highly specialized training to learn how to diagnose and treat issues with the use of an FDA-approved oral appliance. Think of it as your own customized mouthguard that’s specifically designed to keep your jaw and mouth in a fixed position that allows for a more open airway, better breathing, and a reduction in snoring. Dental or “repositioning” appliances are proven and safe. They have been used to alleviate sleep apnea for over three decades. Oral appliances have also been a lifesaver for patients previously diagnosed with sleep apnea who were unable to use a disruptive CPAP machine due to its size, noise levels, and uncomfortable face mask.
How Can We Help You?
The Beautiful Smiles team wants you to enjoy improved oral and overall health. This is why we go the extra step to help our family of patients live their life free from the challenges of sleep apnea. It’s important that you or your family member who is struggling get the help they deserve as soon as possible to avoid the risks that commonly accompany sleep apnea such as heart problems, stroke, high blood pressure, memory problems, and so much more.