Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the obstruction of the airway during sleep. Our dentist may recommend treatment for sleep apnea Rockville, Maryland, if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Gasping or choking during the night
  • Clouded memory
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Decreased sex drive and impotence
  • Irritability and personality changes
  • Fragmented, non-refreshing sleep
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Diagnosed TMJ disorder

Of these symptoms, fatigue and restlessness throughout the day are the most common. These symptoms occur because your body has been deprived of restful sleep. When the flow of air in your throat is blocked, your body is deprived of oxygen. This prompts your brain to signal to your body to wake up. You may not be consciously aware of waking, and may wake dozens of time during the night without ever knowing. The result of this constantly interrupted sleeping pattern is that you are often tired, and may fall asleep at inappropriate times.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Chetan Parikh, and our friendly dental team at Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABCDSM. Do not wait to begin your recovery!