Recognizing the Symptoms
What Are Signs of Sleep Apnea?
There are a few signs that can indicate that you may have sleep apnea. They include:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry throat or mouth
- Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
Because many of these signs can only be observed while you are asleep, many people suffer from sleep apnea without ever realizing it! If you think you may have one or more of these symptoms, it is best to come in for a consultation with Dr. Lindsay Cash as soon as possible.
The Importance of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Common Risks of Sleep Apnea
While it may not seem like a major issue, if left untreated, sleep apnea can have some serious effects and take a toll on your overall health in the long run. Serious cases of sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, depression, irregular heartbeats, and even heart attack or stroke. Sleep apnea affects your body’s ability to get a full night’s rest. When your sleep is compromised, your body may not be able to rejuvenate itself or regulate vital systems properly.
For these reasons, it is important that you come in for treatment if you suspect that you may be exhibiting signs of sleep apnea. At the very least, we will be able to provide you with peace of mind if Dr. Cash finds that you are not suffering from sleep apnea. However, if she does discover that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Cash will be able to help you get better sleep and avoid future health complications.
Treating Sleep Apnea
How Can My Dentist Help My Sleep Apnea?
When you come to Dr. Cash for sleep apnea treatment in Five Forks, she will asses your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan that works within your budget and lifestyle. In some cases, she may recommend airway management using a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) Machine. The CPAP machine will gently and steadily deliver air pressure to your airway throughout the night as you sleep to ensure you are breathing properly and sleeping soundly. This treatment is usually only recommended for more severe cases of sleep apnea as it requires that you sleep with a nose mask each night. In other, less severe cases, Dr. Cash may advise that you get a nightguard to help your airways stay open as you sleep. To find out if you may be able to benefit from sleep apnea treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Cash today! Give us a call at (864) 214-1440, or if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by our office which is located at 117 Batesville Road Suite 202, Simpsonville, SC 29681.