According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, nearly 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and more than 80% of those cases go undiagnosed. It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, if you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you may want to seek treatment:
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping sensation while sleeping
- Insomnia or constantly waking during the night
- Feeling tired throughout the day
- Excessive weight gain
- Irritability, memory issues, mood swings or depression
- Dry mouth or a sore throat when you wake up
- Morning headaches
In order to accurately diagnose sleep apnea, patients may be referred to a sleep specialist for a medical assessment. It is important to consult a dentist, like the ones at Markland Family Dental, who specialize in sleep apnea. At Markland Family Dental, we will perform an intra-oral exam which involves specialized x-rays, intra-oral photos, gag reflex check, orthopedic exams and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. These tests will help us determine the most effective position for your lower jaw to increase your airway. The doctors and team at Markland Family Dental have had great success treating sleep apnea with a nighttime oral appliance that is more comfortable than a CPAP mask. This appliance will be customized especially for you. Depending on the severity of your condition, other repositioning devices may be considered.
Sleep apnea is responsible for over 1,000 deaths in America each year. It is a serious and life-threatening condition. If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea, it is vital that you seek treatment. We would be happy to schedule a consultation with you.