Are you drowsy during the day with no explanation? Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If you're experiencing these symptoms, you may be one of more than 12 million Americans who are affected by sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don't remember it, and many feel like they are getting a good night's sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact Duguid Dentistry to schedule an appointment.
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
Duguid Dentistry offers the most advanced treatments for sleep apnea customized to the severity of your individual condition. Namely, we can custom create an acrylic oral device that will position your mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage.
Let Duguid Dentistry help you achieve your dental goals so you can feel more confident about your appearance with a new smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. Schedule an appointment today.