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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
With the take-home test, you can sleep in the comfort of your own home. You’ll receive the sleep test equipment from your physician and return it to them after you’ve conducted the test. Once your physician diagnoses you with sleep apnea, Dr. Huff can help you find a treatment option that suits you.
How does sleep apnea affect the body?
The sleep disorder also affects your body’s ability to get a proper night’s sleep. This means you’ll likely feel fatigued daily, which makes it more difficult to concentrate on activities such as driving, learning, and performing complex tasks at work.
While physical health conditions may be life-threatening, the mental health effects of sleep apnea aren’t less important. Sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of anxiety and depression.
Are sleep apnea and snoring the same thing?
While your snoring may not be sleep apnea, it can still cause harm in your life. Snoring is a common cause of relationship difficulties because it can be difficult for your partner to sleep in bed with you. Sleep apnea mouthpieces are also a convenient way to treat snoring so you and your partner can sleep together peacefully.
Can sleep apnea go away?
This sleep condition is dangerous and life-threatening, so immediate treatment is recommended. Not only can it help you avoid serious health complications, you’ll feel more energetic and refreshed.
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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