When you have sleep apnea, you will experience breathing pauses that range for a few seconds and can happen for as many as 30 times in a matter of one hour, and after this, your breathing will go back to being normal again.
Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep and moves you from deep sleep into a light sleep. This is not good because you will feel tired and sleepy the next day. This is also the reason behind daytime sleepiness.
There are no lab tests nor exams that can be used to diagnose sleep apnea, and it is not easy to detect during a dental consultation because this is happening in your sleep.
When do you need to consult a professional about sleep apnea?
Snoring is something that most people neglect as they think that it is nothing serious. However, snoring should not be ignored because it could be a sign of a serious condition just like sleep apnea. In fact, not everyone who has sleep apnea experience loud snoring, so in order to have this detected and diagnosed, seeking the help of a professional would be the best thing to do, especially when you observe yourself feeling tired and sleepy throughout the day.
As the dentist of the Dentist for the Florida Everblades, Gulf Coast High School Football Team, and Bonita Springs High School Football Team, Dr. Proscia is an expert in treating and preventing sports-related mouth injuries.