Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Your Health
Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea
Being a habitual snorer is extremely common among Americans. This is the main reason why sleep apnea is often overlooked– because millions of people snore. Most sleep apnea sufferers believe their snoring is just a nuisance, right? Not exactly.
Snoring is typically the first sign of sleep apnea. However, since snoring is so common, sleep apnea is frequently ignored. Learning about all the possible symptoms can help you determine if you suffer from the disorder or if you’re just a simple snorer.
Common symptoms to look out for, especially if you snore, include:
- Sore throat or dry mouth when you wake up
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Gasping for air or choking in the middle of the night
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
- Insomnia or recurring awakenings
- Morning headaches
What Are the Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea?
Finding effective treatments for sleep apnea can save your life. When you ignore this detrimental disorder, it will slowly diminish the amount of oxygen your brain and organs receive which can cause a series of underlying health conditions and illnesses.
Sleep apnea has been closely associated with several health problems, including:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Types 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
Additionally, people who have suffered from sleep apnea are at a higher risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents. Also, patients with untreated sleep apnea may also experience decreased libido or erectile dysfunction.
Properly Diagnosing Your Condition
Here at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, your health is important to us. When a patient suspects they’re suffering from sleep apnea, or if we believe you have the condition, we will offer a sleep test right away.
During a sleep test at our Archdale office, you will be carefully evaluated overnight so our team can confirm if you have sleep apnea or not. We will also provide a rhinometer and pharyngometer analysis to measure your nasal capacity and airway size.
Once we’ve officially diagnosed your condition, we’ll recommend treatments based on the severity of your sleep apnea. Generally, we’ll suggest an oral appliance– a dentist-made mouthpiece that moves your jaw forward to clear the blockage in your airway.