Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can often go undiagnosed. Since it is a disorder in which symptoms appear during sleep, many people don't know they have it. Sleep apnea involves pauses in breathing or frequent shallow breaths during sleep.
The breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. They may also occur more than 30 times in an hour, in severe cases. As a result of this, the quality of sleep becomes poor in those who have sleep apnea. Our educated dental staff in Encino has the knowledge and expertise needed to correctly diagnose the condition. We hope that you visit our dental office soon for a consultation.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Abrupt awakenings, followed by shortness of breath
- Morning headaches
- Attention problems
- Dry mouth or sore throat
What are the risk factors of developing sleep apnea?
Although sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children, certain risk factors may put you at an increased risk such as:
- Excess weight
- Abuse of alcohol or sedatives
- Family history
- Being of increased age or male
Sleep apnea can become a serious problem if not treated in time. If you believe that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to visit our dentist office in Encino to discuss diagnosis and treatment options for the disorder. Call us today (818) 783-0408!