Everyone knows that getting a good nights sleep is important to maintaining a healthy and productive life, but if you wake up still feeling exhausted it could be a sign that you are suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where there are pauses or infrequencies in your sleep patterns. Here at Keledjian Dental we make sure to go over all your health concerns during your dental visit to help catch possible issues, such as sleep apnea, quickly.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
1. Snoring – One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring. The snoring will generally be worse when you are sleeping on your back, and may continue to get worse over time. If your snoring is loud enough to disturb your sleep as well as the sleep of those around you then it is a good indication that you may have sleep apnea.
2. Chocking or Gasping – These symptoms generally accompany snoring, but are harder to notice by those experiencing them. Usually, a family member or significant other will be the ones to notice that you are having trouble breathing during the night.
3. Exhaustion – If you seem to be overly drowsy during the day, while at work, driving, or lounging at home, then you are probably not sleeping soundly during the night. Sleep apnea disrupts breathing patterns and when your body realizes you are not getting enough oxygen while you sleep it wakes you, which can be why you don’t feel like you are getting enough sleep.
4. Headaches/Sore throat – Another sign that you’re not getting enough oxygen during the night, is waking up with a headache. These headaches can be caused when there is not enough oxygen getting to your brain. A sore throat also is an indicator that you are sleeping with your mouth open causing your throat to become dry and raw.
5. Moodiness/Depression – One of the major symptoms of depression is lack of sleep. Not getting enough sleep during the night has also been linked to unusual mood changes, impaired mental functionality, and other personality changes. These symptoms can affect your work, relationships and day to day life.
Your Dentists Role in Sleep Apnea
Many people don’t realize that dentists can notice general health problems before a physician can. This is because they usually see a dentist on a more regular basis and won’t see a physician unless something is noticeably wrong. Dentists can also detect the less obvious symptoms of sleep apnea when speaking with patients during their check-ups. If you have any concerns or questions about whether you may have sleep apnea, be sure to ask your dentist during your next visit. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment for your next dental visit today!