Your dentist can help you out as well. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea this may be a good time to make a dental appointment and have a talk with your dentist about what you can do to start getting a good night's sleep.
So What Can I Do?
If your sleep apnea isn't too severe you may be able to simply change sleeping positions and see if that helps. Sometimes that's all it takes. Another thing to consider is some of your habits. Smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, taking opioids can all cause sleep apnea symptoms. Sure, it's hard to stop smoking, but you can certainly limit the amount you smoke before you go to bed.
If you are overweight, that too, can cause sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses as you sleep. Frequently people who are overweight have additional fat around their necks and that can become a problem. Losing weight can certainly help and it is something you should do anyway.
One other simple treatment for sleep apnea is something that your dentist can help you with. In many cases, your dentist can make you a mouthguard. You wear it at night and it repositions your tongue and jaw so that the airway stays open. Frequently this is the only thing you have to do to solve your problem. As an added bonus, it helps with snoring too.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about sleep apnea.