A good night’s rest is often synonymous with a good mood during the day. However, if you suffer from significant daytime sleepiness or insomnia, these could be symptoms of a more complex nighttime issue. Sleep apnea could have serious consequences if left untreated. Find out how Dr. Alice Charland Bassford in Silver Spring, MD can help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes obstructed or collapses while asleep, resulting in an apnea, or a pause in breathing. This condition occurs exclusively while you sleep, so you may not notice any symptoms at first. If you share your bed with someone, they are more likely to notice your symptoms before you do. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- snoring loudly and excessively
- waking up suddenly with shortness of breath
- gasping for breath during sleep
- feeling irritable or very tired during waking hours
- waking up with a dry mouth or headaches
How can I manage my sleep apnea?
Depending on the type of sleep apnea you have and its severity, managing your condition may be as simple as some lifestyle changes. In some cases, getting down to a healthy weight may reverse the symptoms. Changing the position in which you sleep may also help relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Silver Spring, MD
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you should contact Dr. Bassford for an appointment as soon as possible. If left untreated, sleep apnea could become severe and pose serious health risks.
Some people find that the CPAP machine that is typically used to treat sleep apnea as bulky and difficult to wear. If this is the case, another treatment option for sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy. These oral appliances are used at night while you sleep, and they work by repositioning the jaw and the tongue so that air continues to flow. By preventing the airway from collapsing this allows you to get a good night's rest.
For more information on sleep apnea or its treatments, please contact Dr. Bassford in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 593-5500 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bassford today!