Some of the symptoms for sleep apnea include morning headaches, dry mouth, sore throat, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, chest pains, and chronic snoring. These symptoms may not seem like that big of a deal, and many people frequently neglect to get treatment. But sleep apnea can quickly escalate into problems including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. In order to prevent further bodily harm, you should visit one of our sleep apnea doctors to see what treatment is right for you.
Sleep apnea occasionally occurs as a result of taking certain medications, so any sleep apnea medication will typically be held off on until other treatments have been tried. Lifestyle changes are often the first recommendation toward a better sleep. Losing weight, exercising, avoiding alcohol, quitting tobacco, and sleeping on your side or stomach should be implemented first before continuing with further treatments.
Nasal sprays and allergy medications can help keep the nasal passages open and keep snoring to a minimum. A CPAP machine can gently force air into your airways to keep them open. And a custom mouthpiece can reposition your lower jaw or tongue so that the airways have more space. In rare cases, surgery will be the only viable option.