Sleep apnea can be difficult to notice and diagnose, simply because it is a disorder that happens while you are asleep. But there are plenty of signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that can be noticed during the day or at night by your loved ones, such as snoring or regular fatigue.
If you or your loved one have symptoms of sleep apnea, we strongly recommend that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Sleep apnea can have a significant impact on your overall health and has been known to contribute or lead to a number of serious medical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, liver problems, behavioral disorders and more. Sleep apnea can affect both adults and children, so please contact our office as soon as you think there may be a problem.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Nightly or near nightly snoring
- Choking, gasping or snorting sounds while asleep
- Sensations of gasping or choking during sleep
- Hypersomnia (excessive daytime drowsiness)
- Insomnia (an inability to sleep)
- Long pauses in breathing
- Waking abruptly during the night with shortness of breath
- Headaches upon waking
- A dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom during the night
- Mood changes, including irritability
- Depression or other behavioral disorders
- Feeling out of breath upon waking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory impairment
Sleep apnea can affect patients of any age or gender, but the risk of developing this condition increases with age and weight gain.
Untreated sleep apnea significantly increases your risk of:
- Driving and work-related accidents
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Diabetes obesity depression
- Memory loss
- Morning headaches
- Impaired concentration
- Decreased sex drive
Please contact us as soon as possible if you believe that you have sleep apnea or if you or a loved one are having any of the symptoms above so that we may help you get the treatment you need.
We invite you to call Advanced Sleep & TMJ Center of New Jersey at 877-652-7632 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ally, our experienced dentist. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will work with you and with your physician or sleep specialist to ensure that you are receiving the care you need.
We provide sleep apnea treatment to patients in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, including Little Silver, Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Brick, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Lincroft, Long Branch, Manalapan Township, Marlborough Township, Middletown, Neptune Township, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Old Bridge, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls, New Jersey.