Have you noticed that you are very sleepy during the day, even though you slept for a sufficient number of hours? Do you snore loudly and frequently? Do you experience frequent morning headaches? If so, you may suffer from a condition known as sleep apnea in which you experiences pauses in your breathing as you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by blockages in the airway, such as collapsed airway tissues or your tongue rolling back in your throat. Because the interruptions in breathing result in decreased levels of oxygen in the body, sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions and may be life threatening. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Gasping or choking sensations as you sleep
  • Irritability or personality changes
  • Frequent snoring
  • Chronic morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to contact Dr. Wilkinson, Dr. Mistry, and Dr. Jardine at Smiles Dental to learn about treatment for sleep apnea in Camas, Washington. One treatment our dentists offer is a custom-made oral appliance, which fits in your mouth and is only worn while you sleep. The oral appliance is designed to prevent airway obstructions during sleep, helping you to breathe continuously throughout the night. To learn more, we invite you to call or visit us today!