Everything You Should Know About Sleep Apnea
National Sleep Awareness Week will take place between March 10th and 16th this year. Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and this week is meant to draw awareness to this potentially dangerous problem. Sleep apnea occurs when a person is unable to breathe properly while resting. You can learn more about it and receive sleep apnea treatment if necessary right here at White and Haines.
It is hard to identify sleep apnea because it happens when you are asleep. However, a sleeping partner may tell you of problems you experience at night. You may also notice some of these symptoms the next morning.
- Loud, frequent snoring
- Waking up with a dry throat
- Morning headaches
- Insomnia or constantly waking up at night
- Waking up and gasping for air
Some people wake up dozens of time in a given night due to sleep apnea, and this has significant effects on your daily life. You will find yourself feeling more fatigued during the day. It is dangerous to drive a car when you are sleep deprived. You may also notice mood swings, which negatively impact relationships. If you fail to treat sleep apnea, then you will have an increased likelihood of suffering from atrial fibrillation, stroke and heart attack.
Sleep apnea treatment involves opening up the airways, so you can breathe comfortably at night. Our dentist may prescribe a mouthguard to wear. For more extreme cases of sleep apnea, our team may suggest for you to use a CPAP machine, which delivers steady and constant air pressure to the wearer. Only extreme cases will necessitate surgery.
You need to schedule an appointment with either Dr. Steven White or Dr. Brad Haines to see how you can finally sleep well at night. Call us as soon as you can so that we can provide you with a customized snoring treatment.