If you have sleep apnea, you’ll stop breathing for ten seconds or more while you’re asleep. Because you’ll be sleeping, this condition could be difficult to diagnose. But there are a few issues you may be able to recognize. For instance, did you know that headaches, dry mouth, and lethargy could all be symptoms of sleep apnea? Fortunately, a dentist is often the first person to recognize this problem.
The type of treatment you need depends on the type of sleep apnea you have. For example, there are custom oral appliances that may reposition your jaw and improve airflow. A CPAP machine may also be useful. However, CPAP machines are sometimes considered loud and uncomfortable, so some prefer an oral appliance.
Sadly, untreated sleep apnea could lead to a number of serious issues. For example, if you have sleep apnea, you may have to cope with high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, depression, headaches, and fatigue.
Do you have more questions about sleep apnea—or about what you can do to deal with it? Are you interested in setting up an appointment with Dr. Sandor? If so, we invite you to call Sandor Family Dentistry at 732.462.8877. We’ll be happy to address any concerns you have and will gladly search your smile for signs of sleep apnea. We look forward to hearing from you!