You wish your snoring wasn’t a problem, but you realize it is. How? It’s the looks you get from your family in the morning.
Your spouse has complained about your snoring for months, maybe even years. What neither of you may realize is that your snoring could indicate a bigger problem. You may have a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.
If you think that you might, then we encourage you to schedule visit to Hillcrest Dental Care in Waco, TX. Dr. Michael Thrasher could help you get diagnosed and get the treatment you need so you and your loved ones can get the healthy sleep that you deserve.
To schedule a consultation, please call 254-400-2868.
Signs & Symptoms
The most common and often most obvious symptom of sleep apnea is loud and persistent snoring. You may not be aware of it yourself, but your spouse or partner, your roommates, and/or your kids probably are.
This is the kind of snoring that makes it difficult for other people to fall asleep, which could explain why other people seem so irritated with you in the morning.
Another major symptom that you may not be aware of is frequent breathing stoppages while you are asleep. Indeed, this is part of what defines sleep apnea. If your loved ones have noticed this, please make plans to talk to someone to determine if you should be tested.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea may include:
- Feeling sleepy or fatigued throughout the day
- Waking up feeling like you haven’t really slept
- Having a dry mouth in the morning
- Waking up with headaches
- Becoming easily annoyed
- Having difficulty staying focused on projects at work or at home
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the most common treatment is a CPAP machine. CPAP is an abbreviation for continuous positive airway pressure.
This can be effective … if it’s used consistently and correctly. Unfortunately, studies have shown that many people with CPAPs quit using them. Why? Well, the CPAP requires you to wear a mask while you sleep. Some people find their masks irritating. Some people find it embarrassing to wear a mask in front of a partner. Some people are bothered by the air pushing into their airway or the sound of their machine.
Fortunately, we offer another option that can help. A custom-made oral appliance can shift your jaw forward slightly. This also helps to open your airway. That can allow you to keep breathing and snore less often and less loudly.
With the right treatment, you can wake up feeling refreshed. You can have more energy throughout the day, and you can feel more focused when doing the things that you need or want to do.
And since your snoring may be greatly reduced or eliminated, your loved ones can sleep easier, too.
Sleep Better, Feel Better
People with untreated sleep apnea face a higher risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and car accidents (due to sleep deprivation). When you get the deep, healthy sleep that you need, you tend to feel better, too.
The sooner you make an appointment, the faster we can help.