Know The Signs of Sleep Apnea

Know The Signs of Sleep Apnea

Dec 05, 2016

Getting a full night of sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. Many people suffer from disrupted sleep due to a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more than a nightly disturbance for you or your partner. Sleep apnea has been linked to serious systemic medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. If you believe you are suffering from OSA, it is important to visit Dr. Dunia Korus at our Frisco dentist office.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the more common type of sleep apnea. This form of sleep apnea is caused by the relaxing of the throat muscle. While you sleep, the throat muscle relaxes and blocks the airway and stops your breathing momentarily. Many patients will wake up repeatedly in the night, snoring or gasping for air, often resulting in inconsistent sleep patterns.

How Do I Know If I Have OSA?

There are many risk factors and signs and symptoms that may indicate you or your partner are suffering from OSA. Although OSA is most prevalent amongst male patients, it can also affect females. Patients who are overweight, smoke, or have high blood pressure may also be at higher risk for sleep apnea. Another common factor in patients with OSA is a large neck circumference. .

If you suffer from OSA you may experiences some of the following symptom:

  • Felling continuously tired
  • Dry Mouth
  • Snoring
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Waking suddenly out of breath during the night

Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea

It is important to know that sleep apnea affects more than just your sleep. For patients with existing cardiovascular disease or diabetes, OSA can be a serious health condition that should be addressed by as soon as possible. Dr. Korous will consult with your medical physician to offer you a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Korous is highly trained and experienced in the specific structures and tissues that make up the mouth and throat affected by OSA.

After an individualized oral health check-up and physical exam, Dr. Korous will help to develop a treatment plan that will help you meet your optimal health. Dr. Korous offers oral appliance therapy. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, this custom-fit mouthpiece can reposition the jaw and /or tongue to prevent the throat tissue from closing. Much like a mouthguard, the sleep apnea mouthpiece will be custom molded to your mouth for comfort and ease of wear.

Schedule An Appointment

To find out what treatment is right for your specific oral health needs, contact our Frisco dental office, Millennium Smiles. Our friendly and experienced staff will help to answer your questions and schedule your individual consultation with Dr. Korous.