Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a dangerous disorder, but you may be suffering without even realizing it. Because the symptoms of sleep apnea mirror nonspecific fatigue and lethargy, many people suffer without even realizing it. Tiredness, however, is only one of many symptoms. Consider whether you or someone you love suffers from:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Loud snoring
- Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Attention problems
If you wake up in the morning with headaches and feel sleepy on your morning commute, these signs may indicate sleep apnea. A consultation with your general medical doctor and a sleep study will provide information about your sleep patterns.
Sleep apnea is serious in that it causes temporary lapses in oxygen to the brain and other structures of the body. This places undue stress on your heart and keeps you from fully recovering during a night’s rest.
Treatments for sleep apnea vary and Sedaros Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implants offers several treatment options. Call your Melbourne oral surgeon now to schedule your consultation and begin your journey back to a peaceful rest.