Snoring is one of the most common – and loudest – warning signs of sleep apnea. This sleep disorder can be detrimental to patients’ health, but the majority of sleep apnea sufferers go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed. If you snore loudly or know someone who does, we encourage you to read this post. We’ll walk you through some of the warning signs of sleep apnea, treatment options, and more to help you sleep soundly through the night.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of patients in the US. It occurs when patients cease to breathe for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. These apnea incidents can occur 100s of times each night, and without treatment, this sleep disorder can lead to numerous health concerns.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
The only way for you to know for sure that you have sleep apnea is to complete a sleep study. These tests monitor your vitals during sleep, and they create reports that let our team know how many apnea incidents you had, how long they lasted, and how frequently they occurred. We will recommend you complete a sleep study if you notice any of the following warning signs:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up wheezing or gasping
- Waking with dry mouth or sore throat
- Waking with a headache
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating and mood swings
Why Should I Visit a Dentist?
Dentists have advanced training in the health and function of oral and facial structures, including the airway. For many patients, visiting the dentist is the ideal solution to find effective treatment for sleep apnea. Your dentist can offer custom oral appliances to keep the airway clear during sleep. These appliances shift the jaw forward, placing pressure on the throat muscles to keep the airway open. This allows you to sleep soundly and breathe deeply through the night.
Meet the Access Dental Team
Access Dental has four convenient office locations to serve all of Austin and our surrounding communities. You can find us on Rundberg Lane, William Cannon Drive, E 7th Street, and Ed Bluestein. Our skilled dentists offer a wide range of treatment options to help patients lead healthy, happy lives, and that includes treating sleep apnea. Our custom oral appliances can help patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea improve their quantity and quality of sleep and help patients stop snoring. If you want to find out more about oral appliance therapy at Access Dental, please call our Austin dentists and dentistry team to schedule your sleep apnea consultation today.