What is Sleep Apnea?
If you wake up frequently throughout the night and feel groggy the next morning, it’s possible that you’re experiencing sleep apnea. This is a common but serious sleep disorder that occurs when something is obstructing your airway, causing you to wake up gasping for air and can also cause snoring.
Oftentimes your tongue falls to the back of your throat while you’re sleeping, or your throat muscles close up, causing you to experience a choking sensation.
Symptoms and Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep is essential for your health, and lack of sleep can take a major toll on your health. If you’re waking up frequently throughout the night, feel like you’re being choked in your sleep, or experience mood swings during the day, you may have sleep apnea and should see a doctor right away.
Everyone’s condition is different, and some sleep apnea cases can be more severe than others. One of the most common causes of sleep apnea is obesity. The excess weight can affect your throat and tongue muscles, causing them to block your airway. Family history, neck circumference, and nasal congestion can also cause sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleep apnea can lead to serious health conditions, so seeking treatment right away is recommended. Traditionally, patients were prescribed CPAP but many people found the bulkiness of these machines to be inconvenient and invasive.
Thanks to advanced technology, dentists can now create custom oral appliances for most of their patients. These are mouthpieces that are made to fit inside your jaw and eliminate symptoms of sleep apnea.
Contact Us To Gain a Better Night’s Sleep
Is your sleep being disrupted during the night, resulting in grogginess throughout the day? Dr. Huff will evaluate your condition and determine the best way to treat your condition.
Contact us at (830) 896-8343 or fill out our online form below to find out more about sleep apnea and how to eliminate it.
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