Have you woken up with a headache, a dry mouth, or been told you snore loudly and gasp for air when sleeping? You could be suffering from sleep apnea. For mild to moderate cases, our Washington, MI, dentist can custom-fit you for an oral appliance designed to shift the lower jaw forward thus opening the airway for better breathing.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
While there are different types of sleep apnea, the most notable symptoms that occur often overlap and are shared between the forms. If you are experiencing any symptoms that resemble sleep apnea, we recommend seeking appropriate treatment as soon as you’re able.
A few signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for include:
- Waking up with a dry mouth or headache
- Irritability and feeling exceptionally sleepy
- Very loud snoring
- Instances of gasping for air during sleep or periods in which you stop breathing while sleeping (noticed by another person)
How Our Dentist Can Help
You don’t have to struggle with sleep apnea alone. Our dentist has the training and expertise needed to help patients improve their condition. We’ll start by evaluating your specific case to determine the proper form of treatment and if you require additional resources.
A popular solution for mild to moderate sleep apnea is an oral appliance known as a mouth guard and works to bring the lower jaw and tongue forward thereby preventing it from falling backwards to block airflow. A custom-made device such as this can be provided to you by our dentist.. The appliance is worn much like a
It is important to seek out care for sleep apnea at our Washington dental office if your fatigue caused by the condition is disrupting your everyday life. We will do our best to help you return to restful nights of sleep.