Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sleep Apnea Symptoms Beyond Snoring


Loud, chronic snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, but most people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other forms of this dangerous sleep disorder also experience other symptoms. And snoring alone does not mean you have sleep apnea.

With an increasing number of sleep apnea diagnostic tools and treatment options available through the growing field of dental sleep medicine, it’s important to schedule a consultation with an experienced sleep dentist near you if you or a loved one snores regularly and also has any of the following symptoms:

  • Recurring daytime drowsiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Difficulty focusing/memory problems
  • Regular morning dry mouth
  • Recurring sore throats
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Waking up choking/gasping for breath
  • Decreased sex drive

Left untreated, OSA and other types of sleep apnea can increase your risk for developing severe health problems, including hypertension, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes and fibromyalgia among others. Fortunately, there are a number of comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatments available.

Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices have long been the standby for treating sleep apnea, many patients benefit from custom-made oral appliances similar to mouthguards that allow you to maintain an open airway as you sleep.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, please contact IHateCPAP.com to locate a qualified sleep dentist near you.

posted by Steve at 8:00 AM