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Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Treatment

December 7, 2021
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Posted By: Steven Bussell, DMD
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Your Royal Palm Beach sleep apnea dentist treats sleep apnea to restore rest and safety during the night.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes you to stop breathing for short intervals during sleep. This can happen many times throughout the night, causing severe health consequences if left untreated.

Unfortunately, many patients don’t realize they have the condition because the telltale sign—snoring—is challenging to discover, especially if you live alone. However, other common symptoms may prompt you to seek a possible diagnosis:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Waking during the night
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • High blood pressure
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches

Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your heart attack and stroke risks.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Royal Palm Beach & Wellington

Your dentist, Dr. Bussell, wants to help patients rest easy by eliminating sleep apnea. One approach he uses is oral appliance therapy. This custom appliance repositions the jaw while you sleep, preventing airway obstruction and breathing cessation.  

A physician may prescribe a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, but some patients have trouble acclimating to the face mask, the bulk of the machine, and the continuous airflow directed into the mouth. In some cases, an oral appliance can replace this machine, or you can use it along with your CPAP.

Oral appliance therapy is often preferable when traveling because it is easy to put in your purse or travel bag. And it is ideal for camping because it does not require electricity for function.

Do You Suspect Sleep Apnea?

If you suspect sleep apnea in yourself or a loved one, or if you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to our dental team to arrange a consultation with Dr. Bussell.

Additionally, if you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are not acclimating to your CPAP machine, we would love to hear from you.

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