Good morning! How’d you sleep last night? You think you slept well, but you seem to feel tired throughout the day. if this is your situation, then the culprit may be sleep apnea, which is a medical condition that causes episodes of interrupted breathing throughout the night. Unfortunately, sleep apnea does more that just rob you of restful sleep—it can also steal your good health. At Pelican Landing Dental, our dentists in Bonita Springs, FL, treat sleep apnea so you and your bed partner can rest well.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The primary symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Almost all of us snore occasionally. In people with sleep apnea, however, snoring is a result of tissue in your throat as well as your tongue collapsing around your airway and blocking the free flow of air. This is called obstructive sleep apnea.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking at night as you gasp for air
- Morning headaches
- A sore throat or dry mouth upon waking up
- Frequently needing to urinate during the night
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
What are the consequences of sleep apnea?
Aside from preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep, sleep apnea can lead to a number of general health concerns, too. During sleep apnea, oxygen levels in the bloodstream drop, so your heart works harder in order to pump more blood and more oxygen to your vital organ. This would be bad enough if it only happened at night, but research shows that the pattern tends to continue during the day. Thus, overworked heart muscles are put at greater risk of heart attack.
Other health problems that seem to be related to sleep apnea are:
- High blood pressure
- Worsening ADHD
- Increased likelihood of automobile accidents
Can You Tell Me about Sleep Apnea Treatment in Bonita Springs?
At Pelican Landing Dental, our dentists use a custom-fitted oral appliance to treat sleep apnea. For years, the most recognized form of treatment was a CPAP machine—continuous positive airway pressure. However, many patients find that a CPAP is uncomfortable. An oral device, on the other hand, rest comfortably in your mouth and gently adjusts your tongue and lower jaw so tissue cannot collapse and block your airway.
Call Our Office Today
If you or someone you love snores nightly and is demonstrating any of the other symptoms of sleep apnea, then please contact Pelican Landing Dental for treatment of sleep apnea in Bonita Springs, FL. Snoring treatment is available, as well.