Recurring episodes of perspiration that may soak into your pajamas or bedding are known as night sweats. They are usually correlated to an underlying medical condition or illness. Night sweats are uncomfortable and linked to symptoms such as localized pain, weight loss, fever, cough, and diarrhea.

Some of our patients have recently asked us whether their night sweats are caused by sleep apnea. A new study discovered that night sweats, which typically occur in middle-aged women, may be associated with an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

Considered the most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when an individual repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. In addition to hindering sleep quality, this condition may lead to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Even though most people think of obstructive sleep apnea as a man’s condition, women going through menopause are also likely to develop this condition while they are facing night sweats as well as other common menopausal symptoms.

If you are living with night sweats in addition to sleep apnea, our dentists may be able to assist you. A sleep apnea treatment such as an oral appliance may provide you with the relief you’re longing for. It fits comfortably over the teeth and can keep your airway while you sleep. It will stop your tongue from obstructing the air passage or hold your jaw in the proper position so that it does not block your airway while you sleep.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are facing night sweats and sleep apnea, it is in your best interest to contact our Ashburn, VA dental office today at 703-439-1214.