Sleep Apnea Dentist
Sleep Apnea is breathing disorder that characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. One factor that can contribute to this condition, is the position of your jaw and tongue while sleeping.
Signs and symptoms
You may suspect Sleep Apnea in yourself if you wake often during the night and are not sure why. Your partner or family members might notice other symptoms. They may complain about your loud snoring, or say you were gasping for air or choking during your sleep.
The loss of sleep caused by Sleep Apnea can leave you feeling groggy, sleepy, and exceptionally irritable, or manifest as feelings of depression. Other possible signs of sleep apnea include:
- excruciating and mysterious headaches upon waking,
- sore throat or dry mouth in the morning (Note: dry mouth has a negative effect on your teeth and gums, so it should be checked even if you do not have these other issues),
- “foggy” thinking or difficulty remembering, and/or
- frequent urge to urinate during the night.
It is important to note that not all of these symptoms are specific to Sleep Apnea, so it is important to seek a professional diagnosis if you suspect Sleep Apnea.
How can a Dentist help with Sleep Apnea?
We’d love to meet you and discuss your Sleep Apnea and how we might be able to get you a better, safer night sleep. A good night’s sleep may be in your near future with something as simple as an oral appliance!
Contact our Richmond dentist office for an initial consultation and our dentists will help determine what treatment options might work for you.