March is National Sleep Apnea Month. Sleep apnea is a disorder where you experience pauses in breathing and shallow breaths while you sleep. This can last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “a major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.”
Sleep apnea has numerous long-term consequences that you should be concerned about. These are:
- Heart Attack & Heart Failure
- Esophageal Reflux (GERD)
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Sleepiness & Fatigue
As a complete health dentist, I am able to see several signs of sleep apnea within the mouth. This can lead to a sleep apnea diagnosis and proper treatment. Fill out our sleep apnea screening form here!