Snorers may be suffering from sleep apnea without even knowing it. The truth is, an estimated one in eight Americans snore, and one in fifteen have sleep apnea.
While many people think snoring is just a nuisance, if sleep apnea is the cause of the snoring, serious health complications may lie ahead. Sleep apnea is linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and depression. Sleep apnea sufferers are also 10% more likely to be involved in a car accident, likely due to their daytime sleepiness.
Even the earliest sleep apnea symptoms can destroy your daily life. Sleep apnea sufferers find that they are too exhausted to enjoy work and social interactions. They cannot focus or be productive, and they may also experience significant mood swings.
Do I Suffer from Sleep Apnea?
The telltale signs of sleep apnea include:
- Frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, or loud snorts or gasps when breathing starts up again.
- Chronic snoring.
- Waking up feeling unrefreshed even after a full night’s sleep.
- Waking up with loud snorts or gasps.
- Morning headaches or sore throat.
- Waking up in the night sweating or with the urge to urinate.
- Daytime sleepiness.
- Difficulty concentrating, learning, and remembering.
- Weight gain.
- Acid reflux.
- Poor judgment.
- Personality changes, mood swings, or depression./li>
If you have a few of these symptoms, the next step is a detailed diagnostic exam with an experienced dentist. Once you seek sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Zweber, there’s no need to worry about health consequences anymore, and you can start feeling like yourself again.
Convenient Sleep Apnea Treatment
Many of our patients find quick success with a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. While the CPAP is a tried-and-true treatment for sleep apnea, users rarely comply fully with the treatment. The CPAP is bulky, awkward, and uncomfortable.
Sleep apnea appliances resolve all of the issues surrounding the CPAP. The appliance is small and portable. It’s easy to clean and customized to fit your mouth for supreme comfort.
If you or your sleep partner have noticed that you’re suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea, contact us today to schedule your complete screening. We want to help you enrich your life with improved sleep!