Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that actually causes you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. You may not notice that you're waking up, but this gradually takes a toll on your body and can contribute to various problems over time.
It's impossible to diagnose sleep apnea alone; a sleep study is required for an official diagnosis. But here are some of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to be aware of:
- Frequent headaches or migraines, especially in the morning
- Excessive, loud snoring that keeps your bed partner awake
- Waking during the night coughing
- Chronic fatigue
- Moodiness or depression
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism)
Because sleep apnea in Charlotte can contribute to other health problems and even be fatal, diagnosing and treating the condition is essential.
Severe cases of sleep apnea may require a CPAP machine worn at night during sleep to treat it successfully. Dr. Gentry may be able to help treat milder cases with custom oral appliance therapy or a combination of CPAP and an oral appliance for moderate cases.
An oral appliance can help reposition your jaw slightly during sleep to open and clear obstructed airways for free breathing during the night.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact your sleep apnea dentist in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 554-1007.