A good night’s sleep is very important to your overall health. However, how do you know if you’re really getting a good night’s rest? Sleep apnea affects all ages and genders, and there are more than 200,000 cases of it in the US per year. Michael Nussbaum, DDS in Austin, TX is a comprehensive dental office that provides sleep apnea treatments, which help you get the sleep you need.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which there are pauses in breathing during your sleep. This can occur 30 or more times during your normal sleep cycle. These pauses are usually accompanied by a choking sound or snoring.
Although it’s necessary for a sleep physician to diagnose sleep apnea, there are some symptoms that may tip you off to this condition. If you have a sleeping partner, and they have expressed that you have been snoring loudly or make gasping sounds as you sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Some other symptoms and signs include:
- Frequently waking abruptly combined with a shortness of breath
- Sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
Some of these indicators you may not even be aware of or remember. If you suspect that you have loud snoring, or you notice you have continuous fatigue, irritability, or the need to nap during the day, then it may be time to speak with a doctor. Speaking with a health care professional is very important, especially if your symptoms are accompanied by shortness of breath or periods of silence.
Dentists and Sleep Apnea
Michael Nussbaum, DDS can help you determine if your sleep apnea symptoms are critical enough to need treatment. After a comprehensive examination, we can refer you to a sleep physician for further diagnosis and treatment if necessary. As dentists who have experience with related problems such as teeth grinding or TMJ, Drs. Nussbaum can help treat your sleep apnea condition with oral appliances.
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Do not take chances with sleep apnea — if you suspect you have the related symptoms, it is important to seek diagnosis and treatment immediately. Early treatment can save your life, and improve your sleep quality and overall health. Call our office today to schedule your sleep study appointment.