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How to Recognize the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

January 4, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeol @ 10:15 pm

Woman waking up with a headache.You find yourself dragging at work again. These days it takes an espresso in the afternoon to get you through your day. Chronic fatigue is affecting not only your personal life, but also your job as you completely forgot a report the other day. You sleep at night, so you’re not sure why you are so tired throughout the day. Did you know that you might be suffering from sleep apnea in San Ramon? Here are some of the symptoms to be aware of.

Snoring

If you snore at night, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. However, if your snoring is loud enough to keep your partner awake, or if it’s accompanied by waking with choking or gasping, this may be a sign of sleep apnea.

Frequent Headaches

If you suffer from headaches regularly, especially in the morning, this can be a sign of sleep apnea. Lack of sleep can contribute to headaches, and severe cases of sleep apnea have even been linked with migraines.

Depression and Mood Changes

Because sleep apnea interrupts your rest throughout the night, your body doesn’t get the rejuvenation that it needs. This can lead to mood fluctuations and even depression in some cases.

Difficulty Concentrating

People who suffer from sleep apnea may find it hard to focus or concentrate on their tasks throughout the day. This can cause difficulties with performance at work and your personal life.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, you should seek a sleep test for proper diagnosis. The standard treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy.

The problem with CPAP therapy is that it requires you to wear a mask at night while you’re sleeping, which can make sleeping comfortably at night difficult.

Your dentist also offers an alternative treatment for sleep apnea with an oral appliance. The appliance is comfortable to wear during the night while you sleep and it helps to reposition your jaw, which opens your airway for clear breathing.

An oral appliance may be all that is needed for successful treatment of mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. It can also be used in combination with CPAP therapy for more severe cases.

To learn more about how your dentist can help with sleep apnea, call them for a consultation today.

About Oak Ridge Dental

Dr. Rashpal Deol offers patients in San Ramon, CA comprehensive dentistry with personalized service. Because of his extensive advanced training, patients will find that they can be treated for issues like sleep apnea and other complex issues that they may not find at other practices.

If you would like to learn more about Oak Ridge Dental, Dr. Deol can be reached through his website or by calling 925-735-6190.

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