You might not know that you have the symptoms, such as loud snoring, that indicate sleep apnea. However, there are other symptoms that you can detect. These include:
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat become too relaxed while you sleep. That makes it possible for soft tissue in the area to fall or collapse, which blocks your airway.
These airway blockages cause you to snore and wake up suddenly as your breathing stops, which can frequently happen during the night.
You have a higher risk of having sleep apnea if you:
Sleep apnea can affect your judgment due to poor sleep quality. That can make it more dangerous for you to drive, and it can affect your performance at work or school.
Sleep apnea can also increase your risk of having severe health issues when it’s left untreated. These include the following:
If Dr. Wu notices any signs of sleep apnea while examining your mouth, she might recommend seeing a sleep doctor for a more accurate diagnosis. A sleep doctor can diagnose sleep apnea based on your symptoms and observance of your sleep habits.
If you do have sleep apnea, you’ll need to go over your treatment options (some of which involve visiting Dr. Wu).
Dr. Wu might have you wear an oral appliance that resembles a night mouthguard to keep your airway open and unobstructed while you’re sleeping. Wearing such an appliance is your best non-invasive option for easing symptoms of sleep apnea and lower your risk of health problems.
If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact Issaquah Premier Dental in Issaquah, Washington, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wu.
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