Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects millions of men, women, and children but is often undiagnosed, despite the potentially serious consequences of the disorder such as heart disease, obesity, and clinical depression. At Makhoul Dentistry in Mission Viejo, Dr. E. M. Makhoul has helped many patients overcome sleep apnea and finally get a good night’s rest.
Sleep Apnea Defined
With obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type that we see in patients, your airway is blocked by the relaxation of soft tissues in the back of the throat while you sleep causing you to stop breathing for 10 to 20 seconds. This disrupts your sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night, which prevents your body from getting the deep restorative sleep that it needs.
Warning Signs for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed and untreated because people simply do not realize they have it. Because it happens at night during sleep, it is difficult to self-diagnose. Warning signs to look for include:
- Excessive snoring
- Waking up choking or gasping in the middle of the night
- Waking up during the night feeling short of breath
- Daytime exhaustion and fatigue
- Sore throat or dry mouth in the mornings
- Loss of mental focus and forgetfulness
- Moodiness and irritability
Chronic snoring every night is often noticed by a partner and often dismissed as a quirk. However, it is a great indicator of a bigger problem. If your partner notices habitual snoring, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. If you sleep alone, you can record yourself sleeping to see if you snore.
It is estimated that at least 10 million Americans have unrecognized sleep apnea. If you believe your snoring or these other warning factors might indicate a more serious problem, speak to experienced dentist Dr. E. M. Makhoul in Mission Viejo today by calling (949) 596-0296.
Complications of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea not only affects your sleep quality, it can also affect many other areas of your life. Complications and risks caused by sleep apnea may include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased risk of car accidents
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chest pain in bed
- Risk of stroke
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
At Makhoul Dentistry, we use advanced dental technology to treat sleep apnea very successfully and in a very comfortable and inexpensive way. Many of our patients who felt frustrated after seeing other health providers and after trying different treatment modalities (or were told that they needed surgery) found Dr Makhoul's treatment to be much more acceptable and a lot easier on the pocket book.
If you believe you're suffering from sleep apnea, please contact us online or call (949) 596-0296 for a personal evaluation with Dr. Makhoul. We proudly serve patients in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and other surrounding areas.