Do any of these symptoms sound like you?
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking unrefreshed after a night’s sleep
- Morning or night headaches
- Swelling in the legs
- Sour taste in the mouth with/without heartburn
- Waking in the night needing to urinate
- Chest pain/sweating while you are sleeping
If any of these sound like you, you should talk to your primary care physician right away about determining whether or not you have a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you literally stop breathing while you are sleeping, sometimes hundreds of times in one night. If you wake up feeling exhausted, it is because you spent your night fighting to breathe. It is very important that you consult with both your physician and a sleep specialist to determine whether or not you have OSA.
There is no cure for obstructive sleep apnea. If you have moderate to severe OSA, your physician and a sleep specialist will work together to get you treatment. The best choice for treatment for moderate to severe OSA is usually a CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine.
If you cannot wear a CPAP, or if you have mild to moderate OSA, Dr. Currie can fit you with a custom-made oral appliance that will hold your mouth and jaw in the correct position while you sleep. This appliance works to keep your airways clear and unobstructed while you sleep, which should eliminate the apnea events.