Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, but it is not the only symptom; nor does snoring alone necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. If you suffer from nightly snoring, it’s a good idea to be vigilant for other signs of sleep apnea. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to life-threatening medical conditions, including an increased risk for stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack. Snoring often accompanies obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of sleep apnea and a condition that is thought to affect more than 20 million Americans. Many people do not seek diagnosis or treatment for sleep apnea, however, believing that snoring alone is not a serious problem. OSA is generally caused by a tissue collapse in the back of the throat, which causes the airway to become obstructed during sleep and results in periods in which breathing stops, often for 10 seconds or more and upward of 50 times per hour. In addition to loud snoring, people with sleep apnea also experience symptoms that may include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Excessive nighttime urination
- Nighttime sweating
- Waking up choking or short of breath
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
Glendale, Arizona, dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox has extensive experience successfully treating sleep apnea and helping patients get the healthy sleep they need. If you suffer from snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, we can help determine the right sleep apnea treatment for you. If you live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria or Glendale, Arizona, areas and would like to schedule a sleep apnea consultation, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry.