Do you find yourself waking in the morning with headaches, or experience extreme fatigue or sleepiness throughout the day? Sleep apnea is often responsible for producing a range of unpleasant symptoms, most of which sufferers may discount or attribute to passing causes for months or even years.
As part of their general dentistry services designed to keep patients in optimal health, Drs. Charles A. Robertson and Nicholas Perry Orchard provide diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea to patients in Corpus Christi and surrounding communities. A serious sleep disorder, the effects of sleep apnea are far-reaching and can have a debilitating effect on sufferers' ability to perform daily activities. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, or are interested in learning more about our practice's available treatment options, fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Persistent snoring was once viewed as the hallmark sleep apnea symptom, but recent research has pointed to a staggering number of related health concerns including higher incidence of stroke, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and heart failure and heart attacks, among others. For this reason, it is extremely important for individuals to seek appropriate care if they have reason to believe they may suffer from the disorder.
Symptoms of sleep apnea may include one or more of the following:
- Loud, consistent snoring
- Sore or dry throat in the morning
- Waking to a choking or gasping sensation
- Lack of energy, fatigue or sleepiness during the daytime
- Restless sleep, frequent and recurring wakening throughout the night, or insomnia
- Headaches in the morning
- Forgetfulness or changes in mood
While it is important to note only a trained specialist can correctly diagnose this sleep disorder, we urge our patients to familiarize themselves with common symptoms of sleep apnea. If you can find yourself identifying with one or more of the listed symptoms, reach out to us to schedule an appointment.
What Are My Treatment Options?
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Orchard or Dr. Robertson will work closely with you to educate you on your available treatment options. Treatment is personalized depending on your unique medical condition and needs. Current sleep apnea treatments that have enjoyed a high rate of success include customized dental devices that work to open the airway, and use of a specialized mask, also known as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. More conservative treatment options aimed at changing behavior include losing weight, changing sleeping position, cessation of smoking, and avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills.
Schedule a Consultation Today
In addition to general dentistry services, Drs. Robertson and Orchard also provide their patients with a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. Whether you have identified with a number of sleep apnea symptoms and are seeking diagnosis, have been diagnosed and are looking into treatment, or would like to learn more about any of our available services, please take the time to fill out our online contact form and we'll be in touch shortly regarding your query.