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Signs of Sleep Apnea

Signs of Sleep ApneaA common sleep disorder, sleep apnea can lead to serious long-term health problems. Signs of sleep apnea may not be noticeable at first to the person suffering from it. Pauses in breathing can be so brief that their brain rouses just enough to clear the airway before the patient drifts back to sleep, and the patient may never completely wake up. While these sleep disturbances may be brief, they can still lead to significantly impaired function and an increased risk of certain health problems. The patient is often unable to settle into the deep, restful stages of sleep and may suffer during the daytime as a result. Our Los Angeles sleep apnea center can help.

We recommend that patients in the Los Angeles area be aware of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Symptoms may initially be noticed not by the patient but rather his or her loved ones. Signs of sleep apnea can include:

•    Loud snoring
•    Daytime fatigue or sleepiness in spite of a full night’s sleep
•    Cessation of breathing during sleep
•    Shortness of breath during sleep
•    Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
•    Morning headache
•    Anxiety, depression or attention difficulties
•    Insomnia

Because sleep apnea can have serious repercussions that can include depression, anxiety, an increased risk of weight gain and heart disease, treatment is critical. If your snoring or the snoring of someone you love is loud enough to disturb the sleep of others, if you wake up with shortness of breath or if you fall asleep inappropriately during the daytime, our Los Angeles sleep apnea center can help. We offer evaluations and a variety of treatment options that can help you recover your health, ease your symptoms and get a better night’s sleep.

Signs of sleep apnea occur when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep. Because these muscles naturally support the soft palate and other soft tissues of the throat, the airway can become blocked when they collapse. Treatment options are designed to keep the airway open and reduce the symptoms so that you can enjoy better health both day and night. If you or someone you love has symptoms of sleep apnea, our sleep apnea dentist in Los Angeles can help. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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