When you wake up in the morning, does it sometimes feel like you just went to sleep? In fact, do you ever find yourself falling asleep at your desk or even when driving, because you are simply so tired? If you struggle with drownsiness no matter how much sleep you get, it could be indication of a number of sleeping disorders. That said, one incredibly common cause of daytime tiredness and fatigue is the dangerous medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Because this condition involves momentary lapses in breathing, it can cause a host of medical issues, including increased risk of heart-related problems, irritability and depression, but often the most obvious symptoms are tiredness, and also loud snoring.
What Are the Warning Signs of Dental Problems?
If you are experiencing any symptoms of a sleeping disorder, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Over time, a lack of proper rest can lead to a wide range of medical issues, not the least of which is problems functioning during the day. OSA can be particularly dangerous, however, and that is because it actually involves stops in one’s breathing.
How Can a Dentist Help You?
Sleep Apnea is a serious condition. Fortunately, in many cases it can be treated quickly and with minimally invasive treatment provided by a general dentist. While doctors often recommend Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machines to patients struggling with OSA, these can be cumbersome and difficult to adjust to wearing. Fortunately, sleep appliances are a less invasive alternative, and can often quickly help patients enjoy more consistent breathing during the night.
Ready to Get Help?
Treatment for sleep apnea could be what you need to sleep better and live better, as well. To learn more about OSA and how to treat it, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry of Spring, TX, today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!