Snoring may be more than just an annoyance to your partner. Did you know that loud snoring could be an indicator of sleep apnea?
If you frequently wake up feeling groggy or with a headache contact our Bethesda Dental Implant Center. Sleep apnea is a progressive condition that can cause detrimental consequences to your oral and systemic health. Dr. Roy Eskow and Dr. Adam Eskow offer treatment options for a better nights rest. Dr. Roy and Dr. Adam Eskow offer sleep apnea therapy for their Washington DC area dental patients. Treating sleep apnea early can allow for long-term relief from symptoms and avoid possible health risks. Drs. Eskow have postgraduate training in the field of sleep medicine and understand the health risks associated with treating snoring.
What is obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition which causes a patient to stop breathing momentarily during sleep and then resume breathing with a loud snore. During these apnea episodes, patients with OSA are at risk of developing irregular heart rhythms and reduced oxygen flow to vital organs, including the brain.
It is important to identify the signs of sleep apnea.
Patients may not realize or have any memory of what happens to them while they sleep. For this reason, sleep apnea commonly goes undiagnosed for a long time allowing subsequent health concerns to develop. Be sure to report any changes in the way you feel when waking in the morning to your dentist. Snoring can truly be a sign of a serious long-term health risk. Patients also typically wake to gasp for air multiple times a night. Headaches, chronic fatigue, and irritability are also indicators sleep apnea may be present.
If you or someone you love experiences any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule a sleep apnea consultation at our Bethesda, MD dentist office. Early diagnosis and intervention can help protect the health of the patient.
Symptoms of OSA:
- Sleepiness or fatigue during the daytime
- Dry mouth or a 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
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Drs. Eskow of Bethesda Dental Implant Center often recommend oral appliance therapy for OSA patients: a customized oral device, called a snore guard, that is worn during sleep to help keep the airway open and prevent the sudden cessation of breathing and resulting snoring. Many patients prefer this type of therapy to using a mechanical device such as the CPAP- it is more convenient and comfortable in most cases and has a higher compliancy rate. In many cases, consistent use of an oral appliance combined with weight loss can manage OSA and improve a patient’s overall health.
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!