Although the most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, not all those who have sleep apnea snore. There are several other factors that indicate someone struggles with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing stops intermittently while sleeping. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a number of health risks, therefore it is important to consult with a specialist if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Nighttime Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Chronic snoring
- Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
- Frequent trips to the bathroom
- Frequent pauses of breath (witnessed by someone)
Daytime Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Unbearable headaches
- Constant fatigue
- Irritability or depression
- Poor concentration
- Dry or sore mouth when you wake up
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
In addition to symptoms, a sleep study is also conducted to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea. A sleep study can be conducted either in the home of the patient or in a lab facility, depending on the severity of the symptoms. With home sleep tests (HST), the patient will be given the proper equipment and gear along with detailed instructions on how to utilize the device. Nocturnal polysomnography is a sleep test that is performed in a lab facility where the patient will have sensors attached to certain body parts and monitored by a specialist throughout the night. Both sleep tests measure the patient’s heartbeat, brain activity, body movement, and breathing patterns.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer sleep apnea treatment that will help you sleep restfully. We offer an innovative device known as the oral appliance therapy that is effective and convenient. The device is similar to a mouthguard; it is custom-fit to your mouth making it comfortable for the user. Oral appliance therapy is removable and portable, making it convenient for traveling. Another method of treatment is the CPAP device. This method requires more equipment including a face mask and wires to be worn while sleeping.
If you notice you experience any or most of these symptoms, consult with one of our specialists about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea tests can be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Your first consultation is complimentary where you will be evaluated by one of our elite specialists who will provide you with the proper diagnosis and treatment. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call (212) 581-1091.