If you are a loud snorer, you may be experiencing a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Unfortunately, this disorder is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because of the wide range of symptoms. In this post, the La Costa Dental team will introduce you to the warning signs of sleep apnea, and tell you all about how our dentists can help you sleep soundly.
How do I Know I Have Sleep Apnea?
The only way to know for certain you’re suffering from sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study. However, the majority of patients who receive diagnosis will notice some of the following warning signs of sleep apnea:
- Loud chronic, snoring
- Gasping, wheezing, or snorting during sleep or upon waking
- Waking with dry mouth or hoarse voice
- Chronic morning headaches
- Waking still feeling tired and remaining exhausted throughout the day
- Difficulty concentrating, memory loss, and changes in mood or behavior
When Should I Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea?
The dentist isn’t the first person most people think about when it comes to receiving treatment for sleep apnea. Because dentists are skilled practitioners with advanced knowledge of the inner working of the oral and facial structures, they can provide effective treatment for many patients with sleep apnea. If you’ve been diagnosed with this sleep disorder but find that you can’t adjust to CPAP therapy or don’t receive adequate improvement with CPAP alone, call La Costa Dental to schedule a sleep apnea consultation to find out more about oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP.
How do Oral Appliances Help?
Oral appliances are custom molded to your smile. They slide into place and shift the jaw forward. This slight change in the position of the jaw places pressure on throat muscles, keeping the airway clear during sleep. Most oral appliances are adjustable, so we can work with patients to achieve maximum comfort and optimal results.
Trust Your Corpus Christi Sleep Apnea Dentist
At La Costa Dental, we are dedicated to helping patients lead healthier lives. Our skilled dentists have completed advanced training in order to provide safe, effective sleep apnea therapies. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, call one of our five convenient South Texas locations to schedule a sleep apnea consultation today. We have three offices in Corpus Christi on Ayers Street, Kostoryz Road, and Leopard Street as well as practices in Port Arthur and Beaumont. Get the dental care you need to smile brightly and sleep soundly from the caring dentists and team at La Costa Dental.