Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Some common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, frequent snoring. Intensity has been shown to correlate with severity of sleep apnea.
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Irritability
  • Headaches or TMD
  • Frequent sleep disruptions
  • Pain in the jaw or muscles of the head and neck
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Frequent urination (during the night)
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Chronic headaches & migraines
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Inability to focus
  • ADHD
  • Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships

Causes & Risk Factors
Some factors that increase your risk for developing sleep apnea include:

  • Anatomy of neck/soft tissue in oropharynx
  • Over age 40
  • Family history
  • Use of alcohol or sedatives
  • Large neck
  • Narrow airway
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Male
  • Overweight

Effects on Health

Sleep apnea raises the heart rate, increases blood pressure, reduces blood oxygen levels, and
places excessive stress on the heart.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Short term memory loss
  • Depression & anxiety
  • ADHD

Sleep Apnea Treatment Appliance SML example imageSleep Apnea Treatment
The gold standard for sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine blows air into the oropharynx to keep it open. Patients who present with a mild to moderate case of sleep apnea are often good candidates for OAS (oral appliance therapy).