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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
January 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. This obstruction causes interrupted, restless sleep, and can lead to more serious disorders such as hypertension, mood problems, and heart disease. Here at sleep apneaSnoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier can tell you how to tell if you may have sleep apnea:

1. Chronic Snoring.

Many Leawood people snore in their sleep, but excessive snoring may be cause for concern. You may not be aware of it, but your partner, parent, or other nearby loved one may be acutely aware of your snoring habits and may even be worried about it. Loud snoring is an indication that your airway is partially blocked. You may also notice that you wake up with a dry or scratchy throat in the morning.

2. Choking in Your Sleep.

Those with apnea experience prolonged periods of breathlessness in their sleep, often lasting ten seconds or more. When this happens, your body will gasp for air and it may wake you up with a choking sensation. Often these episodes may not be remembered in the morning, but if you can, try to record them at night to keep track of them.

3. Fatigue and Daytime Sleepiness.

If you can't seem to find energy during the day, it may be because you haven't had a restful night's sleep. You may believe you are going to bed early enough and getting a full eight hours, but if you are frequently woken from sleep apnea, your body never gets a chance to fully rest and recharge.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include morning headaches, changes in mood or libido, and insomnia.

Luckily, there are treatment options available. Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier of  Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS offer oral appliances which can reduce airway obstruction by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward to improve nighttime breathing. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, talk to your doctor to see which treatment options may be right for you.