3 Sleep Apnea FAQs - Athens Oral Surgery Center

August 15, 2019
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Do you often wake up feeling like you ran a marathon in your sleep? Do you fall asleep easily during the day or feel extremely groggy? These are all signs that you suffer from a condition called sleep apnea. This condition disrupts your sleep and can cause life-threatening issues. Keep reading to learn the answers to several frequently asked questions about .

Can sleep apnea affect me during the day?

Yes! Nighttime symptoms like snoring and restlessness are talked about often. However, there are symptoms of sleep apnea that affect people during the day such as morning headaches, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, and excessive daytime sleepiness. If you are experiencing any or all these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your oral surgeon about sleep apnea.

Does sleep apnea negatively affect my health?

Yes, it does. More than just getting a restless night sleep, it can affect your health-related quality of life. Sleep apnea has been known to increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. It’s important to take steps now to ensure your future health isn’t compromised.

What causes sleep apnea?

When you sleep, your throat muscles work to keep your airways open by controlling the tissue in the back of your throat. If you have excess tissue, your throat muscles have a difficult time keeping the tissue in place. The extra tissue may block your airways which causes sleep apnea symptoms.

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How Dr. Tomlinson Can Help

There are two common treatment options to correct sleep apnea: jaw surgery and a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine works to keep pressurized airflow into your airways. Jaw surgery is necessary when your jawbones are not positioned correctly. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us today: 706-549-5033.