Sleep Apnea Symptoms
With obstructive sleep apnea, your health can be put at risk. This sleeping disorder is characterized by interruptions in your breathing due to blockages of your airway. You may stop breathing at intervals throughout the night, leading to poor sleep that can leave you tired and fatigued. It also can put you at risk for high blood pressure, headaches, stroke and type 2 diabetes, all of which can be deadly. At Bob Perkins, DDS, in New York City, we help our patients identify the symptoms of sleep apnea and offer effective treatment for this detrimental health condition.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Often, sleep apnea can go undiagnosed for years. The longer you have this condition, the higher risk you have for health problems. The first step to regaining your health is identifying the possibility of sleep apnea. Since it occurs when you are sleeping, you may not realize you have this disorder. However, there are symptoms you and your sleep partner may notice that can alert you to this condition, including:
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Noisy and constant snoring
- Disruption or stopping breathing during sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Concentration problems
- Trouble staying awake when driving
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, you may have sleep apnea. Often, this condition is caused by an oral health issue and can be relieved with orthodontic or neuromuscular dentistry. Repositioning your jaw to unblock your airway can give you relief from your symptoms and improve your overall health. Dr. Perkins and our team specialize in innovative treatments for TMJ, sleep apnea and orthodontics conditions that can be caused by issues with jaw positioning and health. Contact our office in NYC today to schedule an exam and consultation to help diagnose and relieve sleep apnea and other jaw-related disorders.