Frequently waking up with headaches and feeling tired can be an indication that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. The sleep deprivation that occurs with sleep apnea takes a toll, eventually affecting nearly every area of your life. Your body requires a certain amount of quality sleep every 24 hours in order to make repairs and replenish energy. When this does not happen, your overall health suffers.
Sleep apnea causes you to wake up several times, maybe even hundreds of times, during the night. During sleep, the airway can collapse or become obstructed when the tongue and muscles in the upper airway relax. When the brain does not receive the oxygen it needs you suddenly wake up gasping for air. This lack of oxygen causes morning headaches. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly too. If you have a bed partner, chances are you are not the only one being affected by your sleep apnea.
Treatment requires accurate diagnosis with general dentistry. At Bencaz Family Dentistry, we listen to your concerns as part of the process of making a diagnosis. The proper diagnosis is required to determine the best method of treatment.
Sleep apnea and snoring can be prevented with oral appliances and night guards. The oral appliance keeps the lower jaw in a slightly forward position which prevents obstruction and collapse of the tongue and muscles. When your airway remains open you finally can get the quality sleep your body needs. Your dentist will fit your appliance or mouth guard so that it achieves the desired effect.