Sleep apnea can be indicated by a range of symptoms, with some experiencing several and others who are unaware of their developing health risks. Dr. Harper will discuss all aspects of your lifestyle, medical history, and any changes you are noticing in your daily quality of life.
Understanding your risk factors and the common signs of a sleep disorder can mean the difference between life and death for anyone who may also have underlying health issues such as heart disease.
Signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea can include:
- Feeling tired even after a full night of sleep
- Needing coffee or caffeine to wake up or to get through the day
- Experiencing consistent headaches in the morning
- Snoring loudly and frequently
- Making choking or snorting sounds during sleep
- Stopping breathing during sleep
- Depression or irritability
- Unexplained weight gain or trouble losing weight
- High blood pressure
- Falling asleep while driving
- Menopausal or premenopausal symptoms
- Sore throat, dry mouth
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Irregular heartbeat
- Insomnia , difficulty getting to sleep
If you are concerned that you mat be at risk for a sleep disorder or have experienced any of the above mentioned symptoms in a regular basis, discuss your concerns with Dr. Harper at your next routine dental care visit, or schedule a consultation. Dr. Haper will provide a free screening for sleep apnea which includes a discussion of your medical history. If it is determined that you may be suffering from sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing, Dr. Harper will work with your regular physician or coordinate care with a local specialist who is qualified to make a medical diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment.