Though a common condition adversely affecting the lives of many, sleep apnea remains undiagnosed in a large number of individuals. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing patterns are continuously interrupted while sleeping, leading to inadequate oxygen reaching the brain and other vital tissues. Often recognized initially by snoring and shortness of breath during the night, sleep apnea leaves its sufferers tired, irritable and at risk of serious health conditions due to lack of quality sleep and oxygen deprivation.
Beyond snoring and breathing difficulties, sleep apnea symptoms encompass a number of secondary effects caused by the disorder. The following sleep apnea symptoms may be affecting your quality of life and inducing other health-related concerns:
The sleep apnea symptoms mentioned here along with a number of others impinge on oral health and overall comfort, causing chronic, debilitating conditions in some individuals. Any symptoms of sleep apnea deserve prompt attention to achieve a proper diagnosis and ward off harmful secondary effects.
Though sleep specialists typically diagnose sleep apnea, these professionals along with qualified dentists alike are equipped to treat the condition. Whether sleep apnea symptoms are only starting to affect your life or you have been suffering with the condition for some time, immediate diagnosis and treatment are recommended, as some effects of the sleep disorder can cause serious damage to systemic health. Contact your dentist today for more information on sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment.
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