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Do I Have Sleep Apnea & How Do I Treat It?

Sleeping man snores due to sleep apnea while his wife looks on in frustration.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where your breathing stops for short periods of time while you’re sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea in particular is when this occurs due to an obstruction in your airway. Since it significantly affects the quality of your sleep and oxygen balance, this condition isn’t something to take lightly since it can have far-reaching consequences for your health. Here’s how you can determine if you have sleep apnea, and what solutions are available to you.

Common Signs of Sleep Apnea

You may be wondering how you can tell if you have sleep apnea if it happens while you’re asleep. There are actually a few common signs you can look out for when you’re awake.

  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Frequent irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sore throat or dry mouth in the morning

Additionally, if you sleep in the same room with someone else, they may notice if you snore loudly and frequently, or if you have disruptions in your breathing throughout the night.

Consulting a Professional

The best way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is to see a professional experienced in sleep apnea treatment. If you notice any of the previously mentioned signs of the sleep disorder, it’s in your best interest to seek professional care in order to protect your health.

Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, there are different treatment options available. For some, a custom-made oral appliance can help reposition the jaw so that the airway stays open while sleeping. For others, a CPAP machine or oral surgery may be a better solution. To determine what’s right for you, you should consult with your dental and medical team.

Sleep Apnea Treatment at Corvallis Dental Group

At Corvallis Dental Group, we provide sleep apnea treatment as part of our specialty dental services. If you think you may suffer with sleep apnea, we invite you to come to our dental practice for a consultation. Call or email us today to set up your visit!

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