Most sleep apnea sufferers snore, but not all snorers are suffering from sleep apnea. The only definitive way to determine if you have sleep apnea is to seek a medical evaluation. You may want to seek a medical evaluation if you experience loud, frequent snoring along with other symptoms of sleep apnea. These symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Persistent, migraine-like morning headaches
- Problems concentrating
- Depression and mood swings
Many sleep apnea patients seek treatment because bed partners or family members notice a problem. People who live with you may notice some of the following sleep habits:
- You have breathing pauses, followed by gasping or choking sounds.
- You snore loudly and frequently.
- You toss and turn restlessly.
If snoring and sleep apnea is interfering with your ability to get a good night’s rest, a dental appliance may be an appropriate treatment. Dental devices for sleep apnea can ensure your airway remains open, and you can enjoy restful and regenerative sleep. If you think you may have sleep apnea and live in Glendale, Arizona or the surrounding areas, please contact experienced sleep apnea dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation.