Think you have a sleeping disorder or sleep apnea? Sleep disordered breathing can be difficult for some people to identify. Knowing the warning signs can help you know when to see a professional sleep physician or sleep dentistry team about getting help. Here are some of the things we’ll ask about or look for during your exam at Marietta Sleep.
Although snoring isn’t a 100% guarantee that you have sleep apnea, it IS a red flag for sleep disordered breathing. If your snoring is so bad that it keeps your family or roommate up at night, then it’s time to see someone about it to get help. Snoring can be a side-effect of obstructive sleep apnea, due to vibration of the tissues in the back of your throat.
Here’s where BMI comes into play. People who have a higher BMI or experienced recent weight gain are at an elevated risk of having some form of sleep apnea.
A Large Neck Circumference
Having a larger neck circumference can indicate excess tissue, which in turn contributes to blockage of your airway. People with “thicker necks” are more susceptible to having sleep disordered breathing.
Flat, Worn Teeth
When your airway is blocked off, it’s a natural instinct to clench your teeth and jaws tightly together. Over time, your enamel can wear down or even fracture. Broken dental work is also common.
Fatigue, Sleepiness, Depression
The lack of quality sleep can really wear you down during the day. If you’re falling asleep, struggling with depression or fatigue, and also experiencing some of the above-mentioned symptoms, be sure to speak to a sleep dentistry provider.
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