Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea You Can See In Your Daily Life
Sleep apnea doesn't just affect the quality of your sleep, but also has an impact on your daily activities. Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs, your Lexington, KY dentists at Corporate Center Dental Care, describe a few signs that may indicate that you have a sleep apnea problem.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when you periodically stop breathing while you sleep. The pauses can range in length from a few seconds to a few minutes. The problem is particularly dangerous because it can be a contributing factor in the development of several conditions and diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and an irregular heartbeat.
How does sleep apnea affect your daily life?
If you have sleep apnea, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Morning Headaches: If you frequently wake up with a headache, sleep apnea may be to blame. Frequent breathing pauses causes an increase in the carbon dioxide in your bloodstream and a decrease in oxygen. Although the headaches only last about an hour, they're a cause for concern.
- Sleepiness: Sleep apnea affects the quality of your sleep. When it occurs night after night, you become sleep deprived. You may find it difficult to stay awake during the day and may feel tired all the time.
- Sore Throat: If you frequently wake up with a sore throat that improves later in the day, you may have sleep apnea. If you snore, as most sleep apnea sufferers do, your mouth and throat will dry out during the night, which can cause a sore throat.
- Moodiness and Concentration Problems: Chronic sleep deprivation can leave you in a bad mood and make it harder to concentrate at work or school. It can even increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident.
How can your Lexington dentist help?
Your dentist can fit you with a special oral sleep appliance that moves your jaw forward and helps keep your airway open. The appliance looks like a mouthguard and offers a more comfortable alternative to a CPAP machine.
If you have any signs of sleep apnea, Dr. Feck and Dr. Combs, your Lexington, KY dentists at Corporate Center Dental Care, can help you get a better night's sleep. Call them at (859) 223-4644 to make an appointment. Improve your quality of life with sleep apnea treatment.