If you consistently experience fatigue, irritability, or other common symptoms of sleep deprivation in spite of a full night’s rest, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Gary Ludka can identify these and other symptoms of sleep apnea at his Bowie, MD, practice and determine an appropriate treatment to help you achieve restful sleep as soon as possible.
Sleep apnea treatment at Bowie Dental Sleep Center can also improve your long-term health by reducing your risk of many serious health conditions.
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Snoring can be the most obvious sign of OSA, although not everyone who snores necessarily has sleep apnea.
Physical and Mental Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can include:
- Waking up during the night with a startle or a gasping noise
- Choking or gasping noises while you are asleep
- Waking up feeling exhausted after what you believe was a full night’s sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Frequent urges to go to the bathroom at night
- Mood swings or irritability
- Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
- Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
- Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
- Impotence or decreased sex drive
Snoring: A Common Sign of Sleep Apnea
Snoring can be the most obvious sign of OSA, although not everyone who snores necessarily has sleep apnea. As the soft tissues of the throat relax, air must squeeze past them. This will result in very loud vibrations, or snoring. Of course, because you are asleep, you will not typically be aware of your loud snoring. However, it can be very disruptive to others. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to seek sleep apnea treatment because their snoring keeps their spouses awake.
The Importance of Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of OSA, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Dr. Ludka will evaluate your symptoms, and he may refer you for a sleep study so he can recommend the right treatment. Appropriate care will help you to achieve and maintain deep sleep at night. As a result, you can expect to feel more alert, rested, and upbeat. In addition, OSA has been linked to an increased risk of several serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and irregular liver function. Sleep apnea patients are also more likely to be involved in a car accident, since they often fall asleep behind the wheel. Fortunately, Dr. Ludka’s treatments can lower these risks by helping you achieve quality sleep.
Contact Us for an Evaluation
If you are suffering from the symptoms of OSA, contact Bowie Dental Sleep Center for an evaluation. Dr. Ludka’s accurate diagnostics and effective treatments can help you to feel rested, experience a better quality of life, and safeguard your long-term health. In many instances, Dr. Ludka is able to help patients achieve restful sleep with prescription mouthpieces designed to keep the airways open. These devices are custom-crafted and adjustable to provide the utmost comfort as well as uninterrupted breathing.