Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can prevent a person from getting a good night’s sleep. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud, chronic snoring, and since many people are unaware that they snore, many people do not realize they have it until someone tells them that they snore. In addition to snoring, other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
• Irritability, mood changes, and forgetfulness
• Morning headaches
• Sleepiness at work, at school, or while driving
• Increased fatigue during the day
• Waking up with a dry throat
• Waking up during the night with a choking or gasping sensation
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you see a dentist right away. These symptoms could also indicate a number of other sleeping disorders, so our expert in sleep apnea in El Monte will need to run some tests in order to determine if you actually suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance if it is fairly mild. A mouth guard will help keep your tongue and other soft tissues out of your airways. A CPAP machine may be needed to keep your airways open while you sleep at night. In extreme circumstances, surgery may be the only option.