Feeling tired? It may be that you’ve had a restless night’s sleep, too much stress or it could potentially be sleep apnea. This serious sleep disorder affects how you breathe during sleep. There are two different types of sleep apnea in Palm Harbor, FL; obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is usually the result of a blockage in the airway. Central sleep apnea results when the brain doesn’t receive signals to breathe during sleep. Both types of sleep apnea are serious conditions and can be properly treated by Drs. Knellinger, Verkler and Bou-Sliman at Knellinger Dental Excellence.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

It’s imperative to see a licensed medical sleep professional to properly diagnose sleep apnea, but there are some signs and symptoms you might want to be aware of. These include:

  • Frequent snoring at night with pauses or breaks
    This is likely to be sleep apnea if the pauses or breaks are accompanied by choking or gasping.
  • Extreme daytime sleepiness
    This occurs because your body is not receiving adequate rest and oxygen during sleep.
  • Morning headaches
    It’s likely to be sleep apnea if you wake up every morning with pain or a headache.
  • Trouble focusing
    This can be memory or learning problems, accompanied by difficulty concentrating.
  • Morning dry mouth
    This may or may not be accompanied by a sore throat.
  • Irritability
    Feelings of depression, accompanied by mood swings and personality changes may be a sign of sleep apnea.

Treatment Options

There are some simple changes you can make to treat mild cases of sleep apnea, these include:

  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding caffeine
  • Keeping regular sleep schedules
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Propping your head up

If these simple methods do not do the trick, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Knellinger, Dr. Verkler and Dr. Bou-Sliman. They can professionally treat sleep apnea with dental appliances that open the throat so it won’t clamp shut during sleep.

Get Started Today

Don’t put off a good night’s sleep any longer. Give Drs. Knellinger, Verkler and Dr. Bou-SIiman a call today at (727) 475-5519 to learn more about the treatment options for sleep apnea.