What are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

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Do you have trouble sleeping? For over 12 million people in the United States, sleep apnea can cause serious sleep issues. Without treatment, sleep apnea not only leaves you feeling exhausted, but can increase your chances of developing depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. At A New Smile, we understand that recognizing the warning signs of sleep apnea is crucial for obtaining a good night’s rest and improved overall health.

Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?

Sleep apnea develops when the soft tissues in the rear of the throat and mouth completely obstruct breathing. The patient stops breathing while sleeping, which alerts the now oxygen-deprived brain. The patient is woken up to start breathing once again. This cycle of waking and sleeping can happen hundreds of times in a single night. Warning signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Waking up gasping for air or choking
  • Chronic snoring

If one or more of these warning signs sounds familiar, then you may benefit from sleep apnea treatment. We suggest contacting our office for a consultation and a diagnosis. We can then discuss your treatment options.

What are Your Treatment Options?

In some cases, sleep apnea can be treated without major treatment. Tips for reducing symptoms include:

  • Losing weight
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Avoiding alcohol or caffeine before bed
  • Keeping your bedroom dark and cool
  • Removing the TV or computer from your bedroom

If you require treatment, we can discuss the use of a custom-made oral appliance. Similar in appearance to a mouthguard, this innovative device repositions the jaw, moving it forward to preventing soft tissue from blocking airflow. Patients can enjoy deep sleep without periods where they stop breathing or snore loudly.

About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.