Patients constantly tired may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea
- Posted on: Feb 14 2020
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As adults, we often struggle with being tired, due to our busy lifestyles and lack of sleep. However, if you are spending enough time in bed each night but are waking up groggy and experiencing daytime fatigue, there may be something else happening that you are not aware of. Conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea can occur, leaving patients at risk for a variety of problems.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Dr. Robert Bankhardt of Simi Valley, CA describes obstructive sleep apnea as a sleeping disorder caused by blockages in the airways. These blockages may be caused by the tongue falling back into the throat or excess fat closing the throat. When this occurs, patients are unable to breath properly and may awaken. This cycle can happen hundreds of times in a single night, keeping the individual from reaching the deeper levels of sleep needed to feel their best each day. In turn, they may experience problems such as:
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth upon wakening
- Increased anxiety
- Reduced memory and concentration
- Snoring while sleeping
- Gasping while sleeping
When patients have a proper sleep study performed with their primary care physician, they may be told to wear a special mask connected to a device called a CPAP machine. This device is worn at night to keep the airways open and allow patients to get a good night’s sleep. However, many patients stop complying with treatment due to the device being uncomfortable and even difficult to travel with.
Dental appliances can help with obstructive sleep apnea
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Bankhardt in the Simi Valley, CA area to discuss the advantages of switching to an oral appliance. Oral appliances can be worn to keep the airways open, while remaining comfortable and easy to use. Many patients comply with treatment using oral appliances more so than they do with the use of an uncomfortable CPAP machine and mask.
Are you concerned that you may be struggling with obstructive sleep apnea?
Obtain a proper sleep study and evaluation, and then discuss your needs with Dr. Robert D. Bankhardt. Our practice is located at 2720 Cochran Street, Suite #2B in Simi Valley, CA and can be reached at (805) 584-1194.
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