Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could mean poor health, exhaustion, and much more. But to receive treatment, you first need to be able to recognize the warning signs of a disorder. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist discuss these symptoms of OSA and what you can do to find a solution to this common disorder.
The Causes of the Disorder
What could lead to an issue like OSA in the first place? Possible causes vary, but could include a large neck size, obesity, resting on your back instead of your side, sinus or allergy issues, a deviated septum, or issues with the growth and position of oral tissues. When people have OSA, this means that during sleep the soft tissues in the throat and mouth collapse, blocking airflow so you stop breathing. The brain wakes you several times, interrupting you rest cycle even if you don’t remember this happening. The result is exhaustion and over time, serious impacts on your quality of life and overall health.
Wanting Signs During the Day
During waking hours, you may notice you often feel drowsy during the day. You could also experience headaches and migraines, wake up with dry mouth, and have trouble staying focused on tasks. Being moody or developing depression is another common warning sign. High levels of anxiety could be an indicator too, as is more frequent illness. You may also have trouble staying awake in class, at work, or even behind the wheel while driving. If you experience one or more of these possible warning signs, please contact our team!
Issues at Night
What symptoms express themselves at night? People with the disorder may snore frequently and loudly, and could stop breathing or wake suddenly gasping for air or choking. Waking several times in the night suddenly is another warning sign. If you experience any of the daytime warning signs we discussed above, or if your significant other complains about your snoring, then you should consider letting our team know.
What Happens Next?
First, we will provide a sleep assessment, asking questions to gauge your risk. Next, we send you home with the Pulse Oximeter device, which measures and records breathing issues, blood pressure, and other possible warning signs. Treatment often involves an oral appliance, a quiet and comfortable alternative to the CPAP machine. If you have any questions about addressing symptoms and enjoying a good night’s rest once again, then contact our team today.
Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville Wants to Know About Your Symptoms
At Smith Family Dentistry, we’re ready to help you on your journey to a solution for your sleep disorder. To learn more about putting a stop to your disorder, then talk to Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516.