Sleep apnea is a surreptitious, surprisingly common condition that can adversely affect a patient’s health over months or years. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they are suffering from sleep apnea until the condition has progressed for some time. That is why our West Bloomfield sleep apnea dentists are here to help you recognize the signs of sleep apnea as early as possible. Don’t wait to seek treatment!
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by disrupted breathing in the night. Basically, when a patient’s oral tissues relax during sleep, the tissues block the patient’s ability to breath normally.
Due to minimal air flow, the patient’s blood oxygen levels will dip as he or she sleeps. When levels get low enough, the body briefly wakes itself up in order to restart the breathing process. Unfortunately, this also disrupts the patient’s healthy sleep cycle. That is why so many people who suffer from sleep apnea also deal with feelings of fatigue as well as concentration problems.
Sleep apnea can also make it more likely for you to develop headaches—especially upon waking. You may also find that you’re dealing with dry mouth because your mouth is open throughout the night, trying to get enough air.
Perhaps the surest sign that you’re dealing with sleep apnea, however, is persistent and disruptive snoring. Snoring occurs as your body attempts to force air past the obstruction in your airway. Many people discover that they’re dealing with sleep apnea because their partners just can’t stand the snoring anymore!
If any of these problems are present in your life, our West Bloomfield sleep apnea dentists are here to help you take control of your health again. We use patient-friendly, CPAP alternatives to allow sleep apnea sufferers to get the restful night’s sleep they need. As always, you can give our office a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation with our team!