Are you struggling with snoring and sleeplessness?  You are not alone – these are often signs of sleep apnea.  It is estimated that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition that causes repeated breathing interruptions throughout the night.

What Are The Signs Of Sleep Apnea Your Dentist Will Look For?

  1. Tooth grinding also known as bruxism – Dr. Mary Rose looks for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that you grind your teeth.
  2. Snoring – Risk factors that may contribute to snoring are obesity, narrow airway, alcohol consumption, chronic nasal congestion, large tonsils, deviated septum, a jaw that is small or set-back, and having a family history of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
  3. Gasping for air during sleep – this will cause you to wake up repeatedly, which diminishes your sleep quality.
  4. Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep – this would be reported by another person.
  5. Awakening with a dry mouth
  6. Morning headache

Sleep apnea is linked to a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Let Dr. Mary know if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.  If Dr. Mary Rose thinks you have sleep apnea, she will recommend a sleep study.

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