Does Daytime Drowsiness Mean Sleep Apnea?

greenville sleep apnea treatmentWhen you often feel tired during the day, but believe you slept well the night before, this could potentially be a sign of sleep apnea. You should see us for an assessment, otherwise this could strain your overall health, even your cardiovascular system! In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist talks about daytime drowsiness and sleep apnea, and how to recognize symptoms that could mean you need treatment with one of our custom oral appliances.

The Common Causes Of Sleep Apnea

How do you know if you need treatment for an issue like sleep apnea? With this disorder, soft tissues in the back of your throat and mouth will collapse and cut off airflow. You stop breathing briefly, and this could interrupt your REM sleep as the brain wakes you to resume breathing. Most people don’t recall this happening, but it could occur multiple times each night, interrupting your sleep and leaving you feeling exhausted. Causes could include sinus and allergy issues, deviated septum, large neck circumference, resting on your back, excessive alcohol consumption, and issues with the growth and development of your jaw and oral structures.

The Symptoms to Watch For

Symptoms vary, and often include chronic snoring at night, waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for breath, dry mouth, headaches, daytime exhaustion, and issues concentrating on tasks at work or school. Moodiness and issues with concentration or memory could be symptoms as well. Don’t ignore these, as the disorder is linked to stress on your immune system and even your heart health! But our team can conduct a diagnosis and often offer treatment with a comfortable and effective oral appliance. Everyone deserves a good night’s rest, and we want to help!

Oral Appliance Relief

The oral appliance is a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard, and is worn as you rest at night. The device is comfortable and helps shift the jaw forward to keep airways from collapsing, so they stay open and allow you to breathe without interruption. The device is easy to use and clean, and can travel with you too. For many, this helps stop symptoms and improves your ability to feel alert and rested the next day. Don’t let sleep apnea impact your quality of life, talk to our team about possible solutions. To schedule a consultation and exam, simply give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you!

Find a Solution For Your Sleep Issues With Your Greenville, TX, Dentist!

Our team wants to help you enjoy a solid night’s rest with oral appliance therapy, so you enjoy better waking hours and improved overall health too. To learn more about how we treat issues like sleep apnea, then give us a call at Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville & McKinney at (903)455-0516!