Get Relief from Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Symptoms of sleep apnea may include interrupted sleep, daytime fatigue, teeth grinding during sleep, and snoring. At Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine, our team can evaluate potential sleep apnea symptoms during a screening at our Stratford, Guilford, or New Haven, CT, location. Working with local physicians experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, we can determine whether these symptoms are indicative of a more serious health issue.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea results in interruptions in breathing that can last for several seconds or more. This cycle can occur multiple times each night, and result in low quality, fragmented sleep. In addition to these symptoms, you may also experience a lack of concentration, chronic headaches throughout the day, and changes in your mood or behavior.
Symptoms of sleep apnea may include interrupted sleep, daytime fatigue, teeth grinding during sleep, and snoring.
When the airway becomes partially blocked it can result in increased resistance to airflow, which causes loud snoring. This often leads to disrupted sleep for your spouse or bed partner, which can strain relationships over time. If anyone has complained about how loud your snoring is, you should consider coming to our office for a screening. Not all patients who suffer from chronic snoring have OSA, so it is best to get a proper diagnosis to know for sure.
The obstruction of the airway will lead to a reduction in oxygen intake and buildup of carbon dioxide, which sends signals to the brain to wake you up and allow you to resume normal breathing. This leads to disrupted and fragmented sleep cycles. A normal, healthy sleep cycle contains deep sleep, REM sleep, and non-REM sleep. These stages are critical to maintaining your physical health and feeling rested and energized.
If left untreated, this lack of adequate sleep can cause more than just fatigue throughout the day. This fragmented sleep can lead to an increased risk for developing more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, obesity, diabetes, dementia, stroke, and other health issues. If you have been struggling to get a good night's sleep and you find yourself waking frequently throughout the night, you should consider scheduling a screening for sleep apnea.
Daytime fatigue is a direct result of interrupted, fragmented sleep. Patients with sleep apnea often feel sluggish throughout the day and lack the motivation to complete basic daily activities. You may also experience an inability to focus at work or in school. Not only can daytime fatigue hinder your performance in those areas, but it can also be dangerous if you spend a large amount of time driving or commuting throughout the day. This can be particularly important for heavy machinery operators, commercially licensed drivers, airplane pilots, and individuals in similar fields.
Learn More About Your Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate sleep apnea, contact Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine online or call (203) 689-5313 today to schedule your initial screening with Dr. Reza Radmand. He can then refer you to a sleep doctor for a diagnosis and provide you with an oral appliance to alleviate your symptoms.