What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea? by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?
There are a number of signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. The number one symptom is snoring, particularly loud snoring. Research has shown that about 70% of loud snores have some degree of sleep apnea. A lot of the patients that we see for treating sleep apnea with oral appliances are actually referred to us by their bed partners. And they almost universally deny that they snore. But the bed partner knows that they snore. And, usually, it’s the bed partner who is the driving force behind having the patient seek treatment.
Some of the other symptoms are feeling tired during the day. There are a lot of things that can make a person feel tired. But sleep apnea is definitely one of them. High blood pressure, being overweight, being male, and age is another factor. So if you have any combination of these– I mean, if you’re a male over 50 who has high blood pressure and snores, you have a very, very good chance that you have some degree of sleep apnea. Even if you feel like you sleep great, if you have any of these symptoms, please get tested because sleep apnea can actually take about 10 to 15 years off your life.
We can help you with that. We don’t do sleep testing. But we work with some great sleep practices because this is very, very treatable. Sleep apnea can be treated either with CPAP or an oral appliance. If you try to CPAP and haven’t been able to use it, be happy to talk to you about oral appliances as an alternative. They’re a great alternative. And we’ve helped a lot of people with that.