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You probably know that going to bed early and still waking up exhausted tends to happen to everyone, but did you know that if this happens to you consistently, you could be suffering from sleep apnea? Sadly, if you have sleep apnea you could have to cope with a number of serious issues.

You see, if you have sleep apnea, you’ll stop breathing for ten seconds or more while you’re asleep. Unfortunately, because you’ll be sleeping, this condition could be difficult to diagnose. However, there are a few issues you may be able to recognize. For instance, did you know that headaches, dry mouth, and lethargy could all be symptoms of sleep apnea? Fortunately, a dentist is often the first person to recognize this problem.

The type of treatment you need depends on the type of sleep apnea you have. For example, there are custom oral appliances that may reposition your jaw and improve airflow. A CPAP machine may also be useful. However, CPAP machines are sometimes considered loud and uncomfortable, so some prefer an oral appliance.

Sadly, untreated sleep apnea could lead to a number of serious issues. For example, if you have sleep apnea, you may have to cope with high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, depression, headaches, and fatigue.

Are you worried that you could have sleep apnea? Would you like to learn more about your treatments options? Are you simply hoping to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer? If so, we invite you to give Borgmeyer Dental a call at 314-351-6554. We’ll be happy to examine your mouth for signs of trouble and answer any questions you have. We’re excited to meet with you!