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Jeffrey L. Schultz, D.D.S.

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Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Many individuals with sleep apnea might not even know they have it. However, there are certain signs and symptoms that may help detect this condition. In most cases, a person’s loved one will be the first to notice these signs, as loud snoring and gasping for air while sleeping are common telltale signs of sleep apnea. Some other signs can include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue or drowsiness during the day
  • Daytime headaches
  • Pauses in breath while asleep
  • Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
  • Inability to concentrate during the day

Sleep apnea is caused by soft tissues in the back of the throat (and/or the tongue) relaxing and preventing the proper flow of air. While the airway ...

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How Can Sleep Apnea Affect Your Health?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects many people. While asleep, those who have sleep apnea become unable to breathe properly, as the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and block the airway.

Due to this blockage, loud snoring is a common side effect (the body tries to pull in more air, causing the tissues to vibrate). Individuals with sleep apnea may also periodically stop breathing in their sleep, or jolt suddenly as a result of the muscles fighting to breathe. This condition often leads to serious health risks and side effects, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Impaired concentration
  • Driving or work-related accidents
  • Irritability

Because the risks associated ...

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