Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. It can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, and car accidents.
And yet millions of people with this condition have never been diagnosed. And some who have been diagnosed are not treating their condition because they don’t like using a CPAP machine.
How can we help? At Overmeyer Family Dentistry, we can create an oral appliance for you to wear instead. This is smaller, quieter, and more convenient than a CPAP.
We have used this device to help many patients — and their spouses — get the healthy sleep that they need to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you aren’t sure if you should talk to someone, ask yourself if you are experiencing any of these possible symptoms of sleep apnea:
➤ 1. You Feel Like You Could Fall Asleep Anytime
People with sleep apnea rarely get deep, healthy sleep. Because they frequently stop breathing when they fall asleep, their bodies wake them up frequently, too, even if they don’t remember it happening.
This can lead to sleep deprivation, which can lead to fatigue. This can become embarrassing at work, annoying if you are trying to watch a game on television, or dangerous if you are behind the wheel.
➤ 2. You Have Trouble Remembering Things
It’s easy to chalk this up to getting older, but sleep deprivation does more than leave you feeling tired. It also can interfere with your ability to concentrate.
This can affect your everyday life. Whether you leave overlook some details on a work project or you can’t remember where you parked your car, this can create problems for you.
➤ 3. You Often Wake Up With A Headache
Headaches can have a number of causes, and every headache you get is not the result of a bad night of sleep. If you are waking up multiple days every week with a headache, however, then you should at least talk to someone about the possibility that you may have sleep apnea.
➤ 4. You Frequently Get Up To Pee At Night
We are all familiar with the need to urinate when we wake up from a nap or a night of sleep. This is a signal that our bodies send us when we are awake. If you are waking up often, your body might be sending you this signal more often than you would like at night.
Again, this is not exclusively a symptom of sleep apnea. This can happen as a result of other issues that occur as we get older. Even so, if this is happening often, you should find out if sleep apnea could be a factor.
➤ 5. Your Snoring Is Unbearable
This is probably the most common symptom of sleep apnea. When your snoring is so loud and so constant that other people complain about it, then you know it’s a problem. We’ve even heard from patients whose spouses kicked them out of the bedroom because of this.
If you are getting a lot of complaints about your snoring, then you should get tested for sleep apnea.
Stop Struggling To Sleep Well
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airways become blocked. This stops you from breathing and prevents you from getting deep, healthy sleep.
The snoring, sleep deprivation, and other side effects of this condition could make things difficult for the people you love, too.
Our team at Overmeyer Family Dentistry wants to help. Find out if one of our oral appliances could help you. Start by scheduling a consultation at our Orlando, FL, office. You can call (407) 603-3839 or contact us online.