Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
According to the National Sleep Association, approximately 18 million US adults suffer from sleep apnea. Many of these cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to the variation in side effects from patient to patient. As dentists, physicians, and patients become increasingly aware of this disorder, we are able to diagnose and treat sleep apnea in more patients. Common side effects patients should be aware of include:
- Loud snoring that occurs on a nightly basis (not connected to specific allergy or sinus issue)
- Choking, gasping, or wheezing during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Inability to stay asleep or fall asleep
- Headaches, earaches, or neck pain in the morning
- Difficulty staying alert or concentrating
- Memory loss
- Moodiness and irritability
- Dry mouth, sore throat, or hoarseness in the voice upon waking
- Sexual dysfunction in men and women
Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a medical doctor who specializes in sleep disorders, but if you show warning signs of apnea during your appointment, Dr. Marks can perform an initial screening and help you find a nearby sleep center where your diagnosis can be completed.