Do you frequently wake up after a night of fitful sleep feeling more tired than before you went to bed? Have your family members complained of your loud, chronic snoring? If so, it may be time to get screened for obstructive sleep apnea. The condition affects millions -- yes, millions -- of Americans, and many people don’t even realize there is a treatable condition at the root of their exhausting symptoms. But you can find relief in a full night’s sleep once again! Learn about how Dr. Henry A. Campbell treats sleep apnea in Carrollton today.
What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?
Because the symptoms of are similar to those of a number of other conditions affecting sleep, obstructive sleep apnea may remain mis- or undiagnosed for years. Often, the sufferer does not remember the night of restless sleep spent tossing and turning. Their partner may be the person who realizes there is a problem and suggests finding help.
The symptoms of sleep apnea include…
- Chronic snoring
- Fitful sleep, jerking awake repeatedly through the night
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Exhaustion or fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
Sleep apnea is often diagnosed by your general doctor in partnership with a sleep clinic. Once a diagnosis is received, a dentist is qualified to provide treatment. Dr. Campbell is newly certified to treat sleep apnea in Carrollton!
Who Does Sleep Apnea Affect?
Sleep apnea can affect patients of all ages and stages of life, but it is most common in older people. The most frequent risk factor is being overweight or obese -- people with larger neck circumferences are far more likely to experience obstructive sleep apnea. As the rate of childhood obesity rises, so, too, is the rate of obstructive sleep apnea in younger patients. If your little one is overweight and also irritable, exhibiting behavioral issues, or has difficulty concentrating at school, sleep apnea may be to blame.
Additionally, the risk of sleep apnea is greater for people who…
- Drink alcohol (especially right before bed)
- Have a family history of sleep apnea
- Take medications for insomnia, anxiety, or depression
- Have a deviated septum or constricted airways
Does Snoring Equal Sleep Apnea?
Not necessarily -- just because you snore doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea. Specifically, sleep apnea is a lack of oxygen for the brain during sleep. But if you snore powerfully (loud enough to wake a sleeping partner) most nights, you can probably benefit from the same treatment. Dr. Campbell treats snoring and obstructive sleep apnea after you’ve received your diagnosis from your health provider. A removable oral appliance works by holding the lower jaw and tongue in place during sleep, helping patients to breathe easily and without disruptive snoring throughout the night. The removable oral appliance is small, portable, and comfortable.
How Can I Stop Snoring?
If you are tired of snoring (and we know you are), don’t hesitate to seek a screening for sleep apnea. If you receive a diagnosis through your health provider, relief is on the way when you get in touch with Dr. Campbell’s office! Request an appointment to get started with sleep apnea treatment from your dentist in Carrollton today.