Symptoms of Sleep Apnea: What You Should Know

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Are you constantly groggy, reaching for coffee after coffee to stay awake? Do you find yourself instantly asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow? You might think it’s just fatigue or aging, but it could be a deeper issue—sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea disrupts your night by repeatedly halting your breathing, often without your awareness. You might wake up countless times, yet have no memory of it in the morning. This disruption severely degrades the quality of your sleep, leaving you exhausted throughout your day. If ignored, sleep apnea can significantly harm your health.

Dr. Drew Moore at Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry understands the critical nature of these symptoms and is equipped to help tackle this disruptive sleep disorder.

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The Symptoms of Adult Sleep Apnea

Understanding the symptoms of adult sleep apnea is key to recognizing this potentially serious condition. Dr. Drew Moore at Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry emphasizes the importance of early detection. If you frequently wake up feeling exhausted, battle daytime sleepiness, or have been told about your loud snoring, these could be signs pointing to sleep apnea. In this section, we’ll delve into the various symptoms that characterize this sleep disorder, helping you identify if you might be one of the many adults unknowingly suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep by causing frequent stops and starts in breathing, which you might not even remember. This leads to poor sleep quality and significant health risks if not addressed.

Symptoms to Watch For:

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Feeling drowsy throughout the day, regardless of how much you slept.
  • Morning Headaches: Waking up with headaches can indicate disrupted sleep from breathing pauses.
  • Mood Changes: Increased irritability or mood swings can result from the fragmented sleep.
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia): Frequently waking up to use the bathroom can also be a sign of sleep apnea.
  • Decreased Libido and Impotence: Sleep apnea can affect sexual function due to hormone disruption from poor sleep.
  • Dry Mouth and Sore Throat: Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat regularly is another indicator.
  • Night Sweats: Experiencing abnormal sweating at night can be related to the stress from disrupted breathing.
  • Elevated Blood Pressure: Ongoing sleep disruptions can lead to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Gasping or Choking at Night: If noticed by a partner, these could be critical signs of sleep apnea needing immediate attention.

Ignoring these symptoms can lead to worsening health issues. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, a consultation with Dr. Moore can provide you with a thorough evaluation and discuss potential treatments to manage and alleviate the condition. Treating sleep apnea not only improves your sleep but also your overall health and well-being.

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By understanding your sleep habits, we can offer insights and potential solutions for any sleep-related issues you may be experiencing.

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Other signs of sleep apnea

They range from daytime symptoms to changes you might only notice at night:

  • Mouth breathing, whether you’re awake or asleep.
  • Bedwetting and experiencing nightmares.
  • Symptoms of ADD or ADHD, which may influence focus and behavior.
  • Teeth grinding, often heard by others while you sleep.
  • Having crowded or misaligned teeth, which can affect your jaw’s positioning.
  • Regularly snoring or making other noises during sleep.
  • Suffering from allergies or asthma, which can worsen at night.
  • Dark circles under the eyes, indicating poor sleep quality.
  • Showing aggression or irritability without a clear reason.
  • Facing challenges with concentration and poor academic performance.
  • Experiencing ongoing feelings of depression.

Recognizing these symptoms early can lead to quicker diagnosis and treatment. Taking a sleep apnea test can be the first step toward recovery and better health.

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The Vivos Sleep Apnea Treatment

Vivos treatment offers a non-surgical solution to sleep apnea through customized oral devices. Here’s the process:

  • You receive a device, similar to a retainer, molded to fit your mouth perfectly. This device is designed to gradually move your lower jaw forward.
  • Shifting the jaw forward increases airway space, preventing collapse during sleep when muscles relax.
  • The Vivos device also stimulates new bone growth in both your upper and lower jaws, expanding your oral cavity and enhancing your airway.
  • You wear this oral appliance nightly throughout your treatment, gently modifying your mouth and throat structure to maintain an open airway permanently.
  • Typically, after about 12 months of use, patients experience significant, lasting improvements.

In essence, Vivos restructures your oral anatomy to ensure an open, clear airway long-term.treatment

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Act Now!

At Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Drew Moore understands your need for deep, uninterrupted sleep to feel energized and fully alert all day.

The challenge is sleep apnea, which disrupts your night with continuous snoring and breathing interruptions, leaving you tired no matter how much you rest.

Here’s our approach to tackling sleep apnea:

  • First, we delve into your detailed sleep history and symptoms.
  • Next, we develop a tailored plan incorporating custom oral appliances, breathing techniques, and alternatives to traditional CPAP machines.
  • We support you every step of the way, ensuring you achieve open airways and restful sleep.

Schedule your consultation today with sleep apnea expert Dr. Drew Moore and start your journey to refreshing sleep and energetic mornings.

Q&A's

How does sleep apnea affect mental health?

 Sleep apnea can lead to mood changes such as increased irritability, depression, and anxiety due to poor sleep quality and oxygen deprivation.

Is Vivos Approved by the FDA?

In 2021, Vivos achieved a significant milestone by securing FDA 510(k) clearance for its treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea. This landmark achievement positions Vivos as the inaugural oral appliance recognized by the FDA for managing severe apnea cases.

Can sleep apnea symptoms vary between individuals? 

Yes, symptoms can vary widely; some people may experience severe snoring and others might suffer more from the effects of fatigue and cognitive disturbances.

When to get Treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Should you notice any symptoms of sleep apnea, it's crucial to consult your physician. Key indicators include:

  • Pronounced snoring
  • Choking or gasping while asleep
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Significant daytime fatigue
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Elevated blood pressure

Your sleep apnea doctor can conduct evaluations for sleep apnea and might suggest treatments such as Vivos, Inspire Sleep therapy, CPAP, among others, to ensure you achieve restful sleep.

Is snoring always a sign of sleep apnea?

While snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, loud and persistent snoring, especially accompanied by daytime fatigue, should be evaluated.

Can sleep apnea be cured?

A sleep specialist might explain that sleep apnea, particularly in its severe form, often isn't entirely curable. It's more about managing the condition over time rather than completely eliminating it.

Vivos introduces a novel approach to addressing sleep apnea. Unlike the nightly use of CPAP machines, Vivos aims to gradually modify the structure of your mouth and airway. This structural change has the potential to mitigate, or in some cases, resolve sleep apnea symptoms for individuals.

For those seeking alternatives to nightly device use or surgical interventions, Vivos presents a promising pathway towards enduring symptom relief.

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