If you have sleep apnea, your sleeping partner may notice prolonged, loud snoring accompanied by periodic interruptions in breathing. You may also make choking or gasping noises when you wake up.
In addition, you may wake up with a sore throat or dry mouth, have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and notice that you may have trouble paying attention during the day. If you notice one or more of these signs, you may want to see a specialist to find out if you have sleep apnea.
This depends on the extent of your apnea, and your specific situation. Lifestyle changes are often recommended as part of sleep apnea treatment. For example, avoiding alcohol and sedative medications before bed and ceasing smoking can help reduce the effects of obstructive sleep apnea. Overweight or obese people may also be able to lose weight to treat their sleep apnea.
Consultants In Dental Aesthetics partners with Houston Sleep Apnea to offer patients Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) with custom-built night guards. These night guards are designed to shift the jaw into a forward position during sleep, which eliminates the risk of tissue sagging and blocking the airway. This, in turn, prevents OSA and allows you to get a healthy, restful night of sleep.
However, in some cases, patients with very severe sleep apnea may require a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This type of machine uses a pump and a mask to send a stream of positively pressurized air into the lungs as you sleep. This prevents the airway tissue from sagging.