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Sleep Apnea Screenings
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in America, and many people do not even realize that they are suffering from this condition. It’s estimated that nearly 18 million people suffer from apnea and that about 80% of cases have not been professionally diagnosed. Dr. Groth can screen for sleep apnea to ensure that you get the proper care to address the issue, so don’t hesitate to book a consultation and screening.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. The condition occurs when the soft tissues of the palate and the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and preventing breathing for 10 seconds or longer.
This can happen many times each night, leading to poor oxygen flow to the lungs and brain during sleep as well as a number of uncomfortable, dangerous side effects. Sleep apnea should not be confused with snoring. Though heavy snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, the presence of snoring alone is not enough to diagnose the condition.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Heavy snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, particularly if it’s accompanied by periodic “choking” or “gasping” sounds. Some of the other common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Headaches when waking up in the morning
- Failing to feel well-rested, even after 7-8 hours of sleep
- Drowsiness and daytime sleepiness
- Tossing and turning, and excessive restlessness at night
- A sore or dry throat when waking up
- High blood pressure
If you recognize multiple symptoms from this list, schedule a consultation with Dr. Groth right away for a screening.
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Options for Treating Sleep Apnea
Minor cases of obstructive sleep apnea can often be resolved with healthy lifestyle adjustments. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are another common treatment option, which use a steady stream of air to keep the tissues of your mouth and throat from relaxing during sleep.
If you don’t want to wear a mask connected to a CPAP machine, another option is an oral appliance. Similar to a retainer or mouthguard, oral appliances shift the position of your jaw to prevent the tissue in your mouth and throat from sagging.
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With Sleep Apnea Screenings From Groth Dental
Our team is proud to offer quality dental care in Bingham Farms, and we would feel honored to help you get a restful night’s sleep. Contact us now to get started at (248) 885-8247 or come to our office at 32100 Telegraph Road, Suite 195, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.