Do you suffer from frequent headaches or chronic fatigue? Do you often find it hard to focus or concentrate on your daily tasks? Are you regularly accused of snoring too loudly at night? If you answered yes to these questions, did you know you may be suffering from sleep apnea? Here's some more information about the signs of sleep apnea in West Allis.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes obstructed cutting off your oxygen supply during the night while you sleep. The lack of oxygen signals your brain to wake you up, and this happens multiple times during the night, even though you're probably not aware of it. You may think you're getting a full night's sleep, however, your body suffers the consequences of not getting the rest and rejuvenation it needs during the night.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea greatly affects your quality of life and your ability to perform your normal daily activities. You may suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, lack of focus, weight gain, chronic fatigue or exhaustion throughout the day, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea is often overlooked because many of these symptoms can be attributed to other situations, however, if sleep apnea is left untreated, it can contribute to other health concerns in the body such as:
- Cardiovascular disease or heart failure
- High Blood Pressure
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
The standard for treating sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP, however, many patients find this machine difficult to deal with. It involves wearing a large mask over your face at night while you sleep that can be uncomfortable or cause feelings of claustrophobia. The good news is that Dr. Roberto Monteagudo offers alternative therapy for sleep apnea with customized oral appliances.
Dr. Monteagudo will evaluate your condition and create an appliance that is designed to slightly re-position your jaw, which opens your airway and allows you to breathe freely during the night. Oral appliances are easy and comfortable to wear and may be able to replace CPAP therapy for patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea. Patients who suffer from severe sleep apnea may benefit from a combination of CPAP and oral appliance therapies.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact our office to learn more about how Dr. Monteagudo can help you reclaim your good night's rest.