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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Posted on 2/22/2021 by Aron Geelan, DMD
Sleep apnea is a common but serious medical condition that can have far-reaching health consequences if left untreated. While it must be diagnosed by a professional, there are some symptoms that can let you know if you should seek treatment. These symptoms vary from patient to patient based on the severity of the sleep apnea and their specific overall health.
One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is frequent feelings of fatigue and daytime sleepiness. However, this can also be caused by other factors such as not getting enough sleep. Another common symptom of sleep apnea is loud and frequent snoring, which can be the result of a partially obstructed airway.
If you sleep with a partner or spouse, they may have observed episodes of stopped breathing, which is a strong indicator and should prompt follow-up as soon as possible. If you suddenly wake up with the feeling of choking or gasping, you may also be experiencing sleep apnea. Morning headaches that are the result of restricted oxygen flow to the brain during your sleep cycle could indicate sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
The most surefire way to diagnose sleep apnea is through the use of a sleep study. This study allows trained medical professionals to monitor you during your sleep cycle and check for any interruptions of your breathing. This study involves visual observation and close monitoring of various vital signs and brain waves. Sleep studies not only allow our team to understand the cause of sleep apnea but allow them to develop the appropriate course of treatment.
Receiving treatment for sleep apnea can open the door to a healthier and safer night of sleep. If you would like more information on the sleep apnea services offered by our team, contact our office today.
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