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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Although it is a very dangerous health condition, many people are unaware that they suffer from sleep apnea. This condition occurs when you are sleeping, causing you to stop breathing for periods throughout the night. Not only does it cause unrestful sleep, it can cause many other health conditions and even death. At Bob Perkins, DDS in Burbank, CA, we treat obstructive sleep apnea to improve the health and well-being of our patients. Identifying the symptoms can help you seek the treatment you need for overall health.

There are different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive. This means your airway is blocked when you are sleeping, causing a temporary stoppage of breathing. When this occurs, you may partially wake up and clear the airway, moving or gasping to get air. You may not be aware this is occurring, which is why it is so dangerous. Watching for the symptoms can help identify the issue, so you can get the treatment needed to prevent further health problems from sleep apnea.

Common Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common symptom that accompanies sleep apnea is loud, persistent snoring. However, snoring alone is not a true indication of obstructive sleep apnea. Most people will have a combination of symptoms, some that occur while they are sleeping and others that are noticeable while they are awake, including:

  • Gasping for air during sleep or breathing through the mouth
  • Noticeable periods of no breathing while sleeping
  • Restless sleep or frequent bouts of waking or going to the bathroom
  • Fatigue or sleepiness during the day
  • A headache when you wake in the morning
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Moodiness or depression

Obstructive sleep apnea can impact your health and life, but it can be effectively treated. At Bob Perkins, DDS, we offer innovative approaches to treating sleep apnea by helping open your airway. We offer orthodontic and physical therapy treatments that can reposition the jaw to unblock your airway. Our treatments will help you get a good night’s sleep without obstruction, relieving your sleep apnea symptoms. Contact our Burbank office today to schedule your exam and consultation.