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Sign of Sleep Apnea


A man sleeping on blue pillow with his mouth openHere at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we address issues like sleep apnea effectively. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated stops and starts of breathing. You should be concerned about this condition if you experience loud snores and feeling tired after sleeping for a full night.

Types of Sleep Apnea


You can develop three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common type characterized by muscle relaxation in the throat. Central sleep apnea occurs due to failure by the brain to send a signal to the muscles controlling breathing. Complex sleep apnea syndrome is the third type of sleep apnea occurring when you have both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

Symptoms and Signs


You should visit our office if you suspect that you have sleep apnea. Most of the symptoms of central and obstructive sleep apnea are overlapping, which makes it challenging to determine the type of sleep apnea you are experiencing. Loud snoring is one of the main symptoms of both types. When another person reports that you have episodes where you stop breathing, this can be a huge case of sleep apnea. When you wake up with a dry mouth and gasp for air during sleep combined with morning headaches, you could be displaying symptoms of sleep apnea. The condition is also characterized by a difficulty to stay asleep, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness. You may also find it difficult to pay attention and become irritable.

Diagnosis and Treatment


When you have any of the above symptoms you should visit our office where our team of experts will first take you through a sleep apnea test known as a polysomnogram. This sleep study is composed of a multi-component test, which transmits and reacts to any of the specific physical activities electronically as you sleep. Our qualified sleep specialists analyze the recordings to determine whether you have it or not. Further sleep testing may be required if the initial test indicates that you have sleep apnea to determine the best option for treatment.

Our team of experts will take you through a treatment and care process that includes loss of weight and improving breathing by changing your sleep positions. You will also be required to avoid sleeping pills and alcohol. Smoking cessation will also be recommended since smoking tends to increase the upper airway swelling, which makes apnea and snoring worse.

Our specialist will also recommend that you avoid sleeping on your back. Our team of professionals is aware of the lifestyle changes that can be useful in reducing the symptoms of sleep apnea including regular exercise, avoiding heavy meals and caffeine, and maintaining regular sleep hours. You will also be given bedtime tips to help reduce these symptoms. Such tricks include sleeping on your side, propping up your head, tightening the muscles, keeping the mouth closed and opening your nasal passages.

For more information on the signs of sleep apnea, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates at 972-733-0414 today. Our team of professionals looks forward to assisting you.
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