Sleep apnea can affect numerous aspects of your daily life. Many people who are diagnosed with sleep apnea don’t necessarily think that they are sleeping poorly–they might be in bed “asleep” for a good amount of time every night. But sleep apnea, even if you don’t awaken fully during an obstructive episode, greatly impacts the rest and rejuvenation your body needs from uninterrupted sleep. Some common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping or choking noises during sleep
- Broken, non-restful sleep
- Daytime drowsiness
- Cloudy memory and trouble concentrating
- Decreased sex drive and/or impotence
- Mouth breathing leading to dry mouth or sore throat
- Weight gain
- Personality changes
- Anxiety and/or depression
A trained sleep doctor will need to ascertain whether your individual symptoms indicate sleep apnea or some other condition. A simple sleep study analyzing the quality of your sleep, including how many times you wake up during the night, is often all that is needed. Our dentists can then begin treatment to help restore your full night’s rest.
To learn more about sleep apnea symptoms, please call Artistry in Dentistry at 480-374-5562 today. Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Monahan can help identify effective options for treating your sleep apnea in Gilbert, Arizona.