Many individuals with sleep apnea might not even know they have it. However, some signs and symptoms 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 symptoms can include:
- Fatigue or drowsiness during the day
- Daytime headaches
- Pauses in breath while asleep
- Waking up with a sore throat and dry mouth
- Inability to concentrate during the day
Sleep apnea is a pause in breathing that occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat (and the tongue) relax during sleep and prevent the proper flow of air. While the airway is partially or entirely blocked, the vibration of these tissues causes snoring, and the body may jerk as the muscles fight to pull more air into the lungs.
If you believe you or a loved one may be affected by sleep apnea, we recommend scheduling a sleep study to receive a proper diagnosis from a medical doctor. Once diagnosed, Dr. Jeffrey Schultz can help treat the condition, preventing the potentially severe health risks associated with sleep apnea, and ultimately leading to an improved quality of sleep.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea and would like to meet with Dr. Schultz, please call our Houston dental practice to schedule a consultation.