You may suffer from sleep apnea, but you might not know it for sure. Here at Groton/Windham Dental Group, we are committed to helping you make that determination by informing you of the commonly experienced symptoms, what action to take, and what types of treatments are dentist makes available to get you the necessary results.
When you come right down to it, there is good reason for being alarmed about Groton sleep apnea. Your breathing becomes shallow while you sleep, and can even stop entirely for several seconds. This occurs over and over, maybe hundreds of times per sleep cycle, night after night. Not surprisingly, there are indications that alert you. It’s important to know what they are so that when they show up you can identify them and get assistance. Typically, the signs of Groton sleep apnea are feeling tired during the day even when you slept a full night, problems waking up in the morning, night sweats, morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat first thing upon waking, being jarred awake with a feeling as if you are choking or gasping in the middle of the night, and sexual dysfunction. Without a doubt, though, the symptom most associated with sleep apnea is snoring. You can’t know that on your own, of course, but if you have a bed partner you can find out. As part of a comprehensive plan to address the symptoms and the underlying cause, you will have a sleep study done and then get treatment from our dentist. Oral appliances are frequently employed to keep your airway open. Lifestyle changes are also useful. Surgery might be necessary for severe cases that do not respond to less invasive methods.
Groton sleep apnea is a serious thing, so call our office to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.