Recognizing the Signs of Sleep Apnea
Snoring may be more harmful than you think. As one of the main signs of sleep apnea, snoring may be the reason you wake up with a headache or feel drowsy during the day. Sleep apnea affects millions of people of all ages and can drastically lessen your quality of life. Dr. Joseph Bedich treats sleep apnea in Warren and Niles, OH, at the Center for Progressive Dentistry. How do you know if you suffer from this serious sleep disorder? Symptoms include:
- Loud, persistent snoring
- Daytime fatigue and difficulty staying awake
- Nighttime insomnia
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Morning headaches
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Why Is Sleep Apnea So Destructive?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the type that we associate with snoring and is caused by a collapse of the airway. When your air passage is blocked, typically by soft tissue, you stop breathing and you are deprived of oxygen until your brain awakens you. This cycle repeats numerous times during the course of one night and can lead to many other health concerns. In fact, as many as 50 percent of individuals having sleep apnea also experience high blood pressure, according to the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Providing Relief from Sleep Apnea
We offer the treatments you need to get a good night’s rest. While there are several popular methods of treatment available for sleep apnea, Dr. Bedich recommends an oral appliance. An oral appliance will not only stop you from snoring, it will prevent your throat and tongue from moving to block your airway. Dr. Bedich prefers an oral appliance even to the continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine due to the following reasons:
- The CPAP mask can be uncomfortable, which discourages patients from wearing it.
- The mask may be accidently removed during the night while you are asleep.
- Some patients may feel claustrophobic when wearing the mask.
- Noise from the CPAP machine may make it difficult for you to fall or remain asleep.