What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which you stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. In order to breathe again, you must rouse slightly, resulting in broken sleep and daytime fatigue.
Many people do not realize that they have this condition. They may note that they are tired throughout the day, have frequent headaches and mood swings, or that they wake up with a sore throat every day, but unless their partner informs them that they snore and gasp repeatedly, they may never realize the cause of their symptoms.
In addition to causing you to feel lousy throughout the day, sleep apnea also has more serious repercussions. Sleep apnea is linked to other health conditions including high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s important to let your doctor know so that you can be tested at an accredited sleep study center.
Talk To Your Bridgeton Dentist About Sleep Apnea
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the solution may be as simple as a custom-made mouth guard that holds your jaw in a forward position while you are sleeping so that the airway stays open and you can breathe without obstruction. For more information about sleep apnea and night guards, please call our office.