Sleep apnea is a fairly common disorder that affects many people across the United States. When a person is asleep, the airways can become blocked either by the tongue or collapsed soft tissues. This interrupted breathing can be dangerous to a patients’ health. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suspect that you may be suffering from the disorder, contact our dental office.
Sleep apnea can be recognized by a few distinct symptoms, such as:
- Interrupted sleep or waking up in the middle of the night
- Waking up gasping for air
- Experiencing a headache or migraine in the morning
- Pauses in breathing of ten or more seconds while sleeping
- Heavy, periodic snoring
- Daytime drowsiness
- Waking up with a consistently sore or dry throat
If you are experiencing any of these, you may have sleep apnea. When you visit Hardin Family Dental, Dr. Jeff Tulett can recommend a treatment plan. There are different types of sleep apnea and the condition can range in severity. For patients who suffer from sleep apnea in Hardin, Montana, our dentist may prescribe an oral appliance to help cure or reduce symptoms.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to liver complications, higher blood pressure, or the development of heart disease. Keep yourself healthy, call 406-665-3300 and see our professional dental team today!