Do you suffer from daily headaches, commonly occurring right after you wake up?
Headaches make it difficult to focus and cause patients to feel aggravated and irritated. Headaches can be detrimental to your quality of life. Chronic headaches experienced in the mornings may be an indication that you are experiencing sleep apnea. Patients who experience headaches associated with sleep apnea may find over the counter pain medications offer little to no relief. What many patients are unaware of is that your dentist may be able to treat your sleep apnea without a bulky CPAP machine. Fuller Dental offers innovative treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and complex health condition affecting millions of Americans. It is considered a serious medical condition that affects the oral and overall health of the patient. This condition can cause oral and systemic health complications that can impact the quality life. It occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep and oxygen flow is interrupted. Patients with sleep apnea typically wake to gasp for air, snore loudly, and experience chronic fatigue. They are unable to enjoy a full restful night of sleep. If you wake suddenly gasping for air, wake with chronic headaches, have trouble focusing during the day, find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snore loudly, you may be experiencing this type of sleep disorder. Chronic fatigue, depression, and irritability are also symptoms.
How does sleep apnea cause headaches?
The headaches associated with sleep apnea are often caused by the disruption in oxygen flow to the brain during the night. Patient wake in the morning feeling tired, restless and often have severe headaches that may interrupt their ability to conduct their daily routine.
How can I treat headaches caused by sleep apnea?
Dr. Peterson of Fuller Dental is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Always at the forefront of dental technology, Dr. Peterson offers innovative solutions for treating sleep-related disorders. Oral sleep appliances are highly effective, discreet treatment option offered by Fuller Dental.
Oral appliance therapy is often well tolerated and the high compliance rate among patients leads to a decrease in both symptoms and associated risks. Custom fit, your oral sleep appliance is much like a mouth guard and is to be worn at night. Repositioning the jaw for natural air flow, the oral appliance reduces or eliminates the continual cessation of breathing that leads to symptoms and health problems. Convenient, comfortable and portable, an oral appliance enables the wearer to speak and consume fluids when in place.
Dr. Peterson is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and stays informed on the latest research and treatments for sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders. She offers treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and our team works with patients on an individual basis to identify and address possible sleep disorders affecting their health and well being.
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If you or a loved one experience headaches on an almost daily basis, be sure to contact your Fuller Dental dentist. Seeking treatment for chronic headaches and sleep apnea as soon as possible can prevent further health complications. Give us a call, or request an appointment online today.