Sleep apnea is a serious chronic sleep disorder that affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Most commonly, it is caused by an obstruction of the airways. Excess tissue in or near the throat collapses over the airway and partially or completely blocks it. When breathing stops, the brain wakes up briefly to reopen the airway. The result is that even though you may sleep eight hours a night, your body will not feel like you did. Our dentist in Huntington Beach can help.
Recognizing the symptoms of sleep apnea is the first step in getting diagnosed. Most commonly, people with obstructive sleep apnea snore loudly. Sleep apnea can also cause dry mouth, a sore throat, morning headaches, irritability, unrefreshing sleep, weight gain and insomnia. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, further testing may be needed.
A physical exam and sleep diary can be helpful in obtaining a diagnosis. A sleep apnea test may also be recommended. This test is usually performed in a sleep lab or at your home, and during the test, your heart rate, blood oxygen levels and other biometrics will be monitored and recorded. Once this information is analyzed, a treatment plan can be created to alleviate your symptoms. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our sleep apnea dentist in Huntington Beach.