The most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, results in shallow breathing or even complete stoppage of it as you sleep. There are serious consequences from it, and here at Peachtree Smile Center, we’re pleased to offer solutions for it.
Our Atlanta sleep dentist understands that is it unsettling to think that your breathing is compromised beyond your control. Be assured, though, that the condition is not life threatening in and of itself. It’s true, though, that is contributes to ill health, including fatigue and possible heart problems. Among the risk factors are being overweight, African-American, Hispanic, or of Pacific-Island origins. Men are twice as likely as women are to have sleep apnea. And the older you get, the more the chances are of getting it. For women, the chance increase after menopause. So, how do you know if you need help? Ask yourself if any of the following common signs of sleep apnea apply to you: feeling tired during the day, even after having had a full night’s sleep, night sweats, difficulties getting up in the morning, headaches in the morning, dry mouth or sore throat upon waking, sexual dysfunction, and waking in the middle of the night feeling as if you are suddenly choking or gasping. Two others, and important ones, are snoring and restless sleep. However, you can’t observe those yourself. If you have a bed partner and have been told they apply to you, that gives you the information you need. However, a sleep study is required as part of the diagnostic process, so regardless you will find out if you snore. Our Atlanta sleep dentist will assess the results of your study and then recommend the most appropriate treatment to provide you the desired outcome, which is to keep your airway open during sleep.
Don’t let sleep apnea affect you even one more day than you have to. Call us right now to book an appointment with our Atlanta sleep dentist.