If you are having trouble staying awake at work because the quality of sleep you are getting at night is not the best, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Even if you have not heard of it before, it is a very common condition that can interfere with your ability to sleep well at night. There could be other factors making it hard for you to sleep at night. Regardless of what they are, believe it or not, you should see your dentist soon so you can get treatment.
Treatment Is Necessary
This condition affects millions of people. Untreated, it can lead to complications with your health that can make it harder for you to work and enjoy life. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you experience any of the above symptoms in addition to you feeling tired and fatigued most of the time, you should get tested for the condition so you can start treatment. If you do not seek out treatment, your condition could worsen and cause you to experience chronic complications with your health, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Your dentist can treat you for sleep apnea, but first, you need to undergo a sleep study for a proper diagnosis. Your treatment options are dependent on the results of your sleep test. Mild cases of sleep apnea can be improved with lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and eating right so you can lose weight, eliminating alcohol from your diet and to stop smoking. More severe cases may require the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, nasal dilators or surgery.
Reclaim Your Ability to Sleep
If you are ready to start sleeping better at night so you can wake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, contact our dental office for an appointment with one of our dental sleep apnea specialists in Cornelius, NC, Dr. Steven White and Dr. Brad Haines.