How to Know You Have Sleep Apnea

Brunette woman yawns at work during the day because she has sleep apnea and isn't sleeping well

Did you know that sleep apnea can sometimes go undetected? If you live alone or don’t have someone near you when you sleep, you may not know that you have sleep apnea. There are some signs and symptoms you can look for to determine if you need to see a sleep specialist!

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

While signs and symptoms may vary on a case-by-case basis, there are some common red flags you should keep an eye out for:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air in the night
  • Dry mouth in the mornings
  • Bad breath
  • Feeling fatigued even if you went to bed at a reasonable hour
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Frequent migraines
  • Poor focus and attention span during the day
  • Irritability

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when the throat closes or becomes obstructed by the soft tissues in your throat while you sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, your dentist may be able to help you get the good night’s sleep you deserve!

Sleep apnea therapy utilizes a custom-made nighttime oral appliance. This appliance cushions and repositions your jaw to keep your airway open and unobstructed throughout the night. This is often a more comfortable alternative for patients currently using a CPAP machine.

Sleep Apnea Therapy in Fort Smith, AR

At Southern Dental Fort Smith, we offer comprehensive dental care, including sleep apnea treatment. We strive to help our patients affected by obstructive sleep apnea to get better sleep so they can feel refreshed and rejuvenated when they wake up, thereby improving their quality of life.

So if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and you aren’t loving your CPAP machine or you think you may have sleep apnea, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. We would love to help you sleep more comfortably and soundly.

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