Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Most commonly marked by loud snoring, sleep apnea occurs when airflow is interrupted during the sleep cycle, resulting in periods of breath cessation and often followed by choking or gasping for air. However, because these symptoms occur while sleeping, those who suffer from sleep apnea are not always aware of the condition.
If you have been told you snore loudly or if you commonly wake feeling tired and unrested, please contact Dr. Terry Bass, DDS online or by calling (405) 622-8996 to schedule a sleep apnea evaluation. Dr. Bass serves Edmond, Lawton, Norman, and nearby Oklahoma communities from our Oklahoma City office.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, but may not be noticed by those who suffer from the disorder. Symptoms that may be more noticeable include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking with a sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
- Concentration and memory problems
When left untreated, sleep apnea may result in mental and physical consequences such as:
- Uncontrollable mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
Sleep apnea is also known to cause complications in blood sugar maintenance for diabetics.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Treating sleep apnea depends on which type of the disorder you have. If you are suffering from central sleep apnea, CPAP may be the most effective option. If the more common obstructive sleep apnea is causing your symptoms, a comfortable oral appliance worn while sleeping may be the better option. Determining which of these treatments can best meet your needs is something best accomplished by experienced sleep apnea dentist Dr. Terry Bass.