It Is Estimated That More Than 18 Million Americans Have Sleep Apnea
Although millions of Americans have some degree of sleep apnea, a majority of these cases will go undiagnosed throughout a person’s lifetime. Sleep apnea symptoms are only present while you are sleeping, which is why it is often difficult to diagnose. However, sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes the airways to collapse during sleep, stopping airflow and often resulting in the patient waking multiple times throughout the night, even if they may not notice. Without treatment, people with sleep apnea are at risk of experiencing life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression, and more.
When Snoring is a Sign of Something More
Snoring is one of the most common signs of a sleep apnea disorder. Many patients also find that they feel tired or groggy throughout the day even when they believe they are getting a full night’s rest. Sleep apnea is a serious medical concern and any symptoms should be evaluated promptly. Because of its associated dangers, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact us immediately:
- Waking up gasping or short of breath
- Feeling groggy or tired throughout the day
- Frequent headaches
The Treatment You Need to Sleep Better
Men, those with thicker neck circumference and those with genetic predisposition may be at a higher risk of having sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed with the condition, or feel you may be struggling with it, there are treatment options available. Dr. Dale Spencer offers custom oral appliances that are designed to keep the airway open while you sleep. These appliances are less invasive than CPAP machines and very effective. Getting the treatment you need will help you get a better night’s rest so you can feel better during the day.