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
  • Irritability
  • 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
  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Types 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • 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.

Don’t wait any longer to get the restorative sleep you nee. Contact us to schedule your sleep apnea consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, gasping for air at night, excessive daytime drowsiness or fatigue, morning headaches, nighttime urination, and irritability.

If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, it’s crucial to get a sleep study conducted to help diagnose your possible disorder. This can help save you or your loved one’s life and prevent them from suffering from further health risks.

Our Archdale dental office can get you in touch with a sleep specialist or we can provide you with an at-home sleep test.

What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can put you at risk for major health problems. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Liver problems

Please don’t wait to receive a proper diagnosis for sleep apnea or ignore your symptoms because this disorder can be life-threatening. Get in touch with Dr. Macdonald and our team to get in for a consultation.

What factors can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea?

There are a few different factors that can increase the risk of developing sleep apnea such as obesity, age, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Men have also been found to be more likely to suffer from the sleep disorder as well.

Other uncontrollable factors that oftentimes amplify your risk of sleep apnea include physical traits such as having a larger neck or family history.

What causes OSA?

Obstructive sleep apnea is generally caused by excess weight and obesity in most adults. During a sufferer’s nighttime sleep, they’re throat and tongue muscles will relax. This soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked and prevent oxygen from being able to breathe in.

At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we can provide patients with a small, convenient oral appliance that’s worn each night to open the throat and allow proper airflow into the person’s body.