Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Your Health

What are the First Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Generally, the first and most common sign of obstructive sleep apnea is raucous snoring, which is usually noticed by your sleep partner first. However, not everyone who snores has OSA. Different people have different symptoms of sleep apnea, some mild and some more serious. The most accurate way to diagnose your sleep apnea is to visit a specialist for an overnight sleep study.

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Common symptoms of OSA to look out for include:

  • Loud, disruptive snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Gasping for air at night
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Unusual moodiness or irritability
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth

 

If any of these symptoms are apparent in your life or a loved one’s life, find a local sleep physician to help identify your possible disorder with a sleep study. If you’re unsure where to find a specialist, call our Basalt, CO dental office and we can help connect you with one or we can provide you with an at-home sleep test.

Risk Factors of OSA

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age. Although not as common in younger patients, OSA has been found to affect between 1 and 5% of children. However, we treat a majority of older patients with the sleep disorder because they’re typically at higher risk than others.

Men are also two to three times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than women, although the risk for women increases if they’re obese or going through menopause.

Other common risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Large neck circumference
  • A narrowed airway
  • Family history
  • Overuse of alcohol or sedatives
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Nasal congestion

Untreated OSA Can Lead to Major Health Risks

Ignoring your sleep apnea or putting off treatment for your condition may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but it can be quite detrimental to your health in the long run. Nearly 80% of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed, resulting in major health risks or sometimes the loss of life.

Some major health complications that are associated with OSA include high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, irregular heartbeats, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, and depression. Since sleep apnea can completely drain you of your energy, it has also been a common factor in traffic accidents and can put a strain on your sex life.

Discover Treatment Today in Aspen, CO

The first step to improving your health and saving your life is seeking a sleep study from a sleep specialist here in Basalt, CO. Once officially diagnosed with OSA, you may be initially prescribed to use a CPAP mask.

If you’ve tried CPAP and notice you aren’t persistently using it because of its inconvenience, bulkiness, or loud noise, then Dr. Van Gorden can offer you a smaller, more comfortable solution with an oral appliance.

After using an oral appliance for as little as a week, you’ll notice an improvement in your daytime energy, happiness, quality of sleep, and your life. Contact Elevate Dental Wellness today.