If you have sleep apnea, you may repeatedly stop breathing during the night. This dangerous disorder prevents much-needed oxygen from getting to the brain, resulting in symptoms that can hamper your capacity to function during the day. For sleep apnea treatment, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Loyd Dowd. Dr. Dowd is a sleep apnea dentist who can assess your symptoms and provide you with dental solutions to help you sleep through the night.
WHO SHOULD SEE A SLEEP APNEA DENTIST?
Patients with sleep apnea find that their sleep is interrupted in the evening, which results in a compulsion to sleep during the day, sometimes unintentionally. Sleep apnea symptoms can make it hinder your quality of work and life. See a sleep apnea dentist if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring can signify sleep apnea
- Shortness of breath upon waking up
- Snorting or gasping for air while sleeping may indicate a period in which you were deprived of air
- Insomnia or finding it difficult to fall asleep at night
- Headaches after waking up
- Daytime drowsiness or falling asleep during the day
WHO IS AT RISK OF DEVELOPING SLEEP APNEA?
There are several factors that may increase the risk of developing sleep apnea. While any one of these can raise the likelihood of your having sleep apnea, you should consult a sleep apnea dentist, like Dr. Dowd, to learn whether you may have this condition.
The highest risk patient, needing sleep apnea treatment would be:
- Male (though females do get sleep apnea, males are more likely)
- Over 40
- Would have a neck size greater than 17 inches, if male or 16 inches, if female
- A relative with sleep apnea
- Suffering from Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Would have a deviated septum, sinus issues, or allergies