Sleep apnea is a common problem, affecting more than 23 million people — but more than 90 percent don’t even know they have it.  Read on to understand the symptoms and to find out what to do if you suspect you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

Snoring Can Be a Sign of Sleep ApneaPhoenix dentist sleep apnea snoring

Snoring is more than just an annoyance to your significant other.  Some sorts of snoring are normal (like when you’re dealing with a cold, for instance), but loud, persistent snoring that wakes up your partner can be a strong sign of sleep apnea.

Pauses in Breathing or Waking Up Gasping Can Be a Sign of Sleep Apnea

If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night gasping for apparently no reason (no bad dream, no loud noise, etc.), it could be a sign of sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea results when the airway is obstructed from extra tissue, jaw position, tongue or tonsil size or simply weak airway muscles.  It’s important to take note that waking up gasping can also be a sign of other severe problems, like heart failure, so if you experience this on a regular basis, PLEASE see a doctor as soon as possible.

Always Waking Up with Dry Mouth, Sore Throat or Bad Breath Can Be a Sign of Sleep Apnea

If you always wake up with dry mouth, a sore throat or with persistent bad breath, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea can prevent saliva from washing away bacteria, which can lead to any of these conditions.

Never Feeling Fully Rested Can Be a Sign of Sleep Apnea

Perhaps the No. 1 symptom of sleep apnea is this: If you’re getting enough sleep but always waking up tired, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.  Because sleep apnea interrupts your sleep cycles, even if you don’t fully wake up, you may always feel chronically underslept even if you religiously get 8 hours of sleep every night.  In addition, you may suffer from forgetfulness, irritability and sleepiness during the day.

Get Help for Sleep Apnea at Dental on Central

The good news is, if you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you don’t have continue suffering.  Our sleep dentist, Dr. Bruce White, can assess your symptoms and provide a plan of action to treat your sleep apnea and get you the sleep you need.  If you have any of the symptoms above, give us a call today at 602.266.1776 or use our contact form to request more information.
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