If you find yourself waking up during the night from snoring and feeling heart palpitations or feeling anxious and out of breath, you might be experiencing a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can also manifest as excessive sleepiness during the daytime and leave you with morning headaches and even memory fog. With this disorder, a patient essentially stops breathing (through the nose or mouth) for ten seconds or longer at a time.
If you are experiencing the signs of sleep apnea but don’t know what this means for you, you are at increased medical risk for additional health problems, such as stroke, heart attack, and increased blood pressure without treatment. To find out whether you do indeed have this disorder, you will need an evaluation using technology to assess your nocturnal breathing by monitoring your activity while asleep. After you have a diagnosis you can begin treating this condition.
Whether you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, or you awaken during the night gasping and feeling as if you are choking, you may benefit from sleep apnea treatment. We invite you to work with our dentist and sleep specialists to find out how best to treat your condition. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, we offer a customized sleep therapy appliance designed to help you overcome your sleep disorder.
To find out more about sleep apnea, please give our team a call at Country Club Dental in Stockton, California. Dr. Lavanya Gill looks forward to helping you receive the quality sleep you deserve. Please call (209) 466-1043 today!