Identifying Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy
Carrying a child can be an extremely challenging process, but if you or a loved one experiences aggressive snoring, snorting, or frequently wakes up throughout the night, these symptoms could be a sign of a much larger issue. We recommend contacting Dr. Kellye Rice as soon as possible to ensure the health and safety of your unborn child.
Other signs of sleep apnea in pregnant women may include:
- Continuous headaches
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Nighttime heartburn
How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Unborn Baby
Sleep apnea is a severe medical condition that requires immediate professional assistance. If left untreated, it can lead to diabetes, hypertension, and unplanned Cesarean sections. Untreated sleep apnea has also been associated with prolonged labor and fetal growth restrictions.
Furthermore, pregnant women suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to develop obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS), which happens when an overweight person fails to breathe rapidly enough. OHS can cause your blood sugar levels to drop, and your carbon dioxide levels to rise. While both of these reactions can be detrimental to your health, they can affect the health of your unborn child as well.
Treating Pregnancy-Related Sleep Apnea
It’s crucial that you seek treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible. When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Kellye Rice, she’ll elaborate on your treatment options.
One of the most successful treatments for sleep apnea is called oral appliance therapy (OAT). These small, mouth-guard-like devices are custom-fitted to your smile, ensuring a tight, comfortable fit. This solution is less invasive, more affordable, and silent when compared to CPAP.
Another interesting alternative is NightLase® therapy. This form of therapy allows qualified dentists like Dr. Kellye Rice to use lasers to decrease the strain on your airway, creating a smooth, reliable breathing pattern while you sleep.
Continuous Sleep for You & Your Child
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that only qualified physicians can diagnose. For this reason, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kellye Rice. She’ll ensure that you get the diagnosis and treatment that you deserve.