Sleep Apnea Symptoms
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea causes the patient to stop breathing several times each night while they sleep. This occurs due to an obstruction somewhere along the airway. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can have dangerous medical consequences when left untreated.
Heavy snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, but not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea. If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, sleep dentist Dr. Bernard Ang will make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you.
Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
In addition to heavy snoring, other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Feeling sleepy and listless during the day
- Long pauses in breathing while you sleep often followed by gasping noises
- Frequent urination at night
- Irritability and mood swings
- Reduced libido
- Anxiety and depression
The Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea
A patient with sleep apnea stops breathing a number of times each night. In fact, this can occur more than 30 times per hour for a patient with severe sleep apnea. Every time a patient with sleep apnea stops breathing, it reduces the amount of oxygen in their bloodstream. This places a tremendous strain on your heart and other organs.
Due to the stress it puts on your body, patients with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from strokes, heart disease, hypertension, and heart attacks. There are also a number of medical conditions that are exasperated by sleep apnea, including ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Getting the Right Diagnosis and Treatment
Sleep apnea symptoms are too serious to ignore. If you or the people close to you notice symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s essential to get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. As a qualified sleep dentist, Dr. Ang will make sure you get the care that’s right for you.
A sleep study is the most accurate way to determine if a person suffers from sleep apnea. This is a simple, non-invasive test that Dr. Ang can arrange for you to take in the privacy of your own home.
The results of your sleep study will be diagnosed by an experienced sleep physician who will then prescribe your course of treatment. Many of our patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea find relief using oral appliances, which are a convenient alternative to CPAP machines.
Sleep Apnea Care and Your Well-being
A good night’s sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy, productive life. Sleep regenerates your body and enhances vitality. Once your sleep apnea has been properly diagnosed and treated, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in your life.
Untreated sleep apnea saps your energy and threatens your health. It can also damage your confidence and put a major strain on your most intimate relationships. Getting the right care for your sleep apnea is essential for your health and well-being.