Sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep, but it can also cause systemic health problems. It may be difficult to realize you have sleep apnea, but it is essential that you get diagnosed and treated. Knowing the signs of sleep apnea may help you find the help you need to treat your sleep apnea. Greeley, CO dentist Dr. Melvin Benson wants you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea so you can back to a restful night’s sleep for your optimal health.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Being aware of any changes in your sleep patterns can help alert you that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If your partner has told you that you snore loudly, or wake up gasping for air throughout the night, you should contact our Greeley dentist office as soon as possible.
- Groggy and tired after a nights sleep
- Physical exhaustion
- Waking up gasping for air
- Restless sleep
- Trouble concentrating
Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all increase your risk of sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea Dr. Benson may recommend you quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption or lose weight.
Early diagnosis of sleep apnea can help deter the development of long term oral and systemic health problems. People who have sleep apnea are more prone to heart attacks, stroke, and heart disease. With proper treatment and monitoring sleep apnea can be controlled and the side effects may be minimal.
Sleep Apnea & Oral Health
Sleep apnea is often found in patients who clench or grind their teeth during sleep. Many patients who suffer from TMJ also suffer from an obstructive sleep disorder. If your bite is misaligned, or you grind your teeth, you may consider asking Dr. Benson about being screened for sleep apnea. Dr. Benson works with sleep specialists to diagnose sleep apnea and offers TMJ therapy and custom sleep guards for the treatment of sleep apnea.