Approximately 20 million adults across the U.S. are afflicted with sleep apnea symptoms, but an estimated 80% of these cases are undiagnosed. This sleep disorder, characterized by persistent pauses and breaks in breathing during slumber, has three types – central, obstructive, and complex/mixed, a combination of the first two. By far the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) wherein a person’s aspiration is disturbed due to a physical impediment in the upper airways. Many of those suffering from it experience health issues stemming from the condition but are unaware of the root cause. Because of this, it is worth it to educate yourself on some typical sleep apnea symptoms, so that you can see a professional general dentist in Issaquah, WA to obtain treatment when necessary. Ask yourself the following questions:
These sleeping interruptions do not wake you up entirely, but they disrupt sleep enough so that you feel groggy in the daytime. Therefore many sufferers report excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
Approximately half of those with sleep apnea report headaches in the morning or at night. These are often triggered by the reduced amount of oxygen traveling to your brain.
The shortage of rest produced by this condition can lead to these symptoms, in addition to forgetfulness and a lack of interest in sex.
This is one of the most common indications of the disorder. However, it is important to note that it is not always indicative of sleep apnea. Many snorers are not sufferers, and some of those diagnosed with the condition do not snore.
Hypertension is often tied to sleep apnea.
Having a higher than average body weight makes it more likely you will get sleep apnea. In addition, men above age 40, a family history that includes it, and/or having a large neck or tongue, allergies, nasal obstruction or sinus problems can also contribute.
If you have untreated sleep apnea symptoms, there are a number of health issues you are potentially at an increased risk for including diabetes, heart attacks, arrhythmia and more. Drs. Kimberly Santiago and Jed Santiago have extensive experience helping patients dealing with this issue. Call our office today at (425) 329-4026 to find out about treatment options.