Many people are unaware of the dangers of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common condition that can cause you to stop breathing in the night as you sleep. When you are sleeping, your oxygen levels drop, which can cause many serious problems throughout your body. Problems include high blood pressure, stroke, depression, irritability, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
The dangers of sleep apnea reside in not knowing if you have it. Many people pass it off as simple snoring; however, the condition can actually be quite serious. Common signs you or a loved one might have sleep apnea include:
- Gasping for air as you sleep
- Choking sounds as you sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Morning headaches
If you feel you have any of these symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact your dentist immediately for treatment. The good news about sleep apnea is sleep apnea is a treatable condition. Treatments can be found in many ways, depending on the level of severity of your condition and what your dentist think is best. Some of these treatments include an oral appliance, continuous positive airway pressure therapy, and even surgery for extreme cases.
If you feel you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact your dentist right away. Call us at 208-286-2699 and let us help you sleep better.