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You Never Want To Ignore Symptoms of Sleep Apnea


Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a female waking up in a white bed with a smile on her face after getting a good night's restSleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts. There are three types of sleep apnea and they include central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and the combined type.

One common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, which occurs when air cannot easily move through the nose and throat - especially when you have obstructive sleep apnea. As a result, the surrounding tissues vibrate, creating the snoring sound. Apart from snoring, you should be aware of other symptoms of sleep apnea. Here are some:

Mouth Breathing


When you have sleep apnea, you will mostly breathe through the mouth. Breathing through the mouth makes it dry and could lead to dental conditions like tooth decay. Other conditions caused by dry mouth include periodontal disease, gum inflammation, plaque formation, and mouth sores. Research shows that about 62 percent of people with sleep apnea have periodontal disease. Another 34 percent of people with sleep apnea have gingivitis.

Bruxism


This is another symptom of sleep apnea. Bruxism refers to clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth. Even though grinding can happen at any time, it mainly occurs at night when one is asleep. Sleep apnea has been linked with bruxism, as one tends to clench teeth and breathe through the mouth. This condition can cause severe consequences on your sleep and teeth. Some of the common effects include waking up with jaw and neck pain. You could also experience headaches and fatigue. According to research, bruxism affects about 31 percent of adults, with at least 26 percent of them having sleep apnea.

Fatigue and Daytime Drowsiness


Sleep apnea disrupts the normal sleep cycle, leading to fragmented and poor-quality sleep. During sleep apnea episodes, breathing repeatedly stops and starts, preventing individuals from entering deep, restorative sleep stages. As a consequence, affected individuals often experience daytime fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating. Moreover, sleep apnea is associated with various health risks, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

We welcome you to visit our offices for a comprehensive understanding of sleep apnea symptoms and associated health implications. Our team can provide personalized guidance and discuss treatment options tailored to your needs.

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