Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep. It is treatable at Montz and Maher Dental Group in Friendswood.
When breathing is disrupted, so is the oxygen flow to your brain. The pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more, and it can happen over and over through the night. Sleep apnea puts you at risk for a range of potential problems, including heart disease.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms. They may help you determine if you need to seek a diagnosis.
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Sleep Deprivation
- Excessive Snoring
- Episodes of Not Breathing
- Mouth Breathing
- Dry Mouth/Throat
- Frequent Headaches
Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to see your physician.
There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This type occurs when someone has a combination of the two previously listed.
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