If You’re Having Trouble Sleeping, Your Ithaca Dentists Want to Help!
Sometimes it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep, whether you’re restless or dealing with a headache. There can also be instances where you slept throughout the entire night, but you wake up feeling exhausted. It can be tough to pinpoint why this happens, which is why you should visit your professional Ithaca dentists to explain your symptoms and learn more. Typically, if you’re experiencing exhaustion, irritability, and morning headaches, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
There are three different types of sleep apnea that a patient may be experiencing:
· Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most common type of sleep apnea that patients experience, where your throat muscles relax and block your airways while you sleep.
· Central Sleep Apnea: This type of sleep apnea occurs when your brain signals aren’t sending the right messages to the proper muscles that control your breathing.
· Complex Sleep Apnea: This is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea. This is also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea. This is much rarer than the other two, but still just as harmful.
It’s common for people to ignore the importance of sleep apnea when they find out that they snore while sleeping. It’s pushed aside as a simple, annoying trait that they can’t control. So, what do you do if you find out that you snore while you’re sleeping?
Here are some instances that should be addressed to a professional:
· If you’re snoring loud enough that it disturbs your family, partner, or yourself;
· If you wake up from shortness of breath, gasping for air, or choking;
· If your partner notices pauses in your breathing patterns when you sleep;
· Excessive exhaustion, drowsiness, and attention problems that cause you to start dozing off or fall asleep during inconvenient times, like working or even driving
While snoring is one of the main symptoms, not everyone who suffers from sleep apnea snores. Addressing this issue as soon as you or someone else notices can save you from a lot of exhaustion and give you a full night’s sleep.
As one of your professional Ithaca dentists, Dr. Comisi offers treatment for patients who are suffering from sleep apnea. To learn more about our services, call our office today at (607) 272-3433!