OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, can negatively impact your life. Many patients do not even know they have it because it occurs while you are sleeping. Sleep apnea has been linked to systemic health problems and even death. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help you get the help you need for a better nights rest. Dr. Roy and Dr. Adam Eskow offer sleep apnea therapy for their Washington DC area dental patients.
Signs & Symptoms of OSA:
- Sleepiness or fatigue during the daytime
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Headaches in the morning
- Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
- Night sweats
- Restlessness during sleep
- Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
- Difficulty getting up in the mornings
Snoring during sleep should not be overlooked. If you or your partner snore heavily it could be an indicator of other health issues. Not all patients who snore have sleep apnea, but most patients with sleep apnea, do snore. Patients who snore are more likely to be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition which causes a patient to stop breathing momentarily during sleep. They stop breathing because their airway becomes blocked, cutting off their oxygen supply. When they resume breathing, the loud snore is the gasp for air. Patients with OSA are at risk of developing irregular heart rhythms and reduced oxygen flow to vital organs, including the brain. Snoring can truly be a sign of a serious long-term health risk.
Treating OSA Bethesda MD
Drs. Eskow of Bethesda Dental Implant Center may recommend oral appliance therapy for OSA patients depending on their personal needs. A snore guard is an oral appliance that is customized to comfortably fit each patient. Snore guards are worn during sleep to help keep the airway open and prevent the loss of oxygen to the body during sleep. Many patients prefer this to the CPAP for its convenience and comfort. Some patients report feeling better after just one night of using their device.
Snoring can be detrimental to your daily life and also present health risks: if you or your partner snore it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr Roy or Adam Eskow in Bethesda. Get the treatment – and relief- you need for a good night’s sleep and a healthy life!
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