What Symptoms Point Toward Sleep Apnea?

What Symptoms Point Toward Sleep Apnea?

Posted by Alencar Family Dentistry on Dec 9 2020, 06:56 AM

Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by breathing interruptions during sleep. These interruptions can lead to sleep deprivation and long-term health concerns. Persistent snoring can annoy your partner and affect the quality of your sleep, but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea.

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, there are a few symptoms to look out for that may indicate the presence of this condition. Dr. Oliveira at Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake, Virginia, is experienced in treating symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and providing effective solutions that improve your quality of life.

Signs That Point Toward Sleep Apnea

Snoring happens when the soft tissues of your throat loosen, partially blocking your airway and creating a vibrating sound. In obstructive sleep apnea, your upper airway gets obstructed to the point that your breathing becomes shallow, or you stop breathing entirely for a brief moment.

Persistent snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. However, snoring is not necessarily the only symptom of sleep apnea. There are other signs of this condition, including: 

  • Frequently gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up frequently during sleep
  • Sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime sleepiness 
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
  • Nighttime sweating

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you should seek professional help and diagnosis. If sleep apnea is not addressed promptly, it can pose a threat to your overall health and lead to problems like heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is typically recommended for treating sleep apnea. This device includes a face mask that must be worn overnight to maintain a consistent airflow supply. However, some patients might find it difficult to adjust to this device for various reasons.

The alternative to CPAP devices is an oral splint. At our office, we provide these customized oral appliances that resemble a mouthguard. The appliance must be worn during sleep and it works by gently repositioning your jaw. This comfortable appliance can guide your jaw to an ideal position and keep your airway open while you sleep.


To learn more about our sleep apnea treatments, visit Alencar Family Dentistry at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320. You can also reach us at (757) 546-0301 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Oliveira.

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