Some patients might not even realize they have obstructive sleep apnea. Some common symptoms include loud snoring, waking up feeling tired even with adequate hours of sleep, waking up with a sore throat and dry mouth, jaw pain, waking up with a headache, waking up gasping for breath, brain fog, and more.
Untreated sleep apnea can be a life-threatening condition. If you don’t treat it, you are at an increased risk for other conditions including daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, liver problems, obesity, and high cholesterol. You’re also more likely to have complications with medications, anesthesia, and recovery from surgery.
A dentist can evaluate your sleep patterns using at-home sleep study devices that record your breathing patterns and other important information. Based on the findings, we can recommend a course of treatment that may include a sleep device similar to a night guard.
Most people who suffer from OSA don't even know they have a problem. They do know that they're tired, but they may not know why. That's why we take the time to get to know our patients, and work with their primary care physician and insurance provider to achieve the best possible diagnosis and treatment plan. We utilize the latest technology and advanced techniques to diagnose and treat patients with OSA, so they can live their lives to the fullest.
If you have any of the above symptoms of OSA, you should seek treatment. OSA can affect your body's ability to heal and can contribute to other health conditions.