Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Do you wake up tired even after sleeping 7-8 hours or more? Have people told you that you snore? When your airway is blocked while you sleep, it can cause you to snore or not get enough deep sleep. This condition is called obstructive sleep apnea and it can put you at risk for serious health concerns. At Southern California TMJ and Sleep Center, we offer effective treatments to relieve your sleep apnea symptoms at our state-of-the-art facility in San Diego, CA.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tissues surrounding the throat block the airway when you are sleeping. There are many contributing factors to sleep apnea, including obesity, genetics, health conditions and your jaw alignment. Many people with sleep apnea have a recessed lower jaw that contributes to the blockage of the airway. This can stop breathing throughout the night, resulting in stress on the heart, brain and other organs. When this occurs, it can cause many symptoms that can alert you to your condition. These symptoms include:
- Waking up with a headaches
- Fatigue and tiredness even when you get enough hours of sleep
- Snoring or gasping in your sleep
- Waking up frequently throughout the night, including needing to urinate
Sleep apnea is a common condition, but it can be deadly. Not only can individuals stop breathing in their sleep, but sleep apnea can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
Relief for Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. These devices use pressurized air to keep the airway open during sleep, but they are invasive. Patients must wear a mask connected to the machine with tubes and bring this device with them when they travel. There are other sleep apnea treatments that can be very effective in relieving symptoms.
Bob Perkins, DDS is a respected dentist who specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea treatments. Adjusting the jaw position can relieve pressure on the jaw joint and throat, relieving both TMJ and sleep apnea symptoms. In many cases, our patients experience relief from their symptoms after one visit to our office in San Diego, CA. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a sleep apnea treatment consultation.