Dental Services

Sleep Apnea

While snoring is a common symptom, sleep apnea is much more serious than a simple snore. It is a sleep disorder in which breathing periodically starts and stops during the night, and it can have a serious impact on your health.

Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. You may have sleep apnea if you experience some of the following:

  • Loud, recurring snoring
  • Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
  • Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
  • Neck size greater than 17 inches (for a man)
  • Neck size greater than 16 inches (for a woman)
  • Stopped breathing during sleep
  • Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Heightened anxiety, depression or emotional issues
  • Acid reflux
  • History of stroke or heart attack
  • Falling asleep during the day when activity is low
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Impotence

There are two types of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain sending incorrect signals to your muscles in your sleep—it usually requires the help of a sleep specialist. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it can often be successfully treated in a dentist’s office.


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