Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Do I Suffer From Sleep Apnea?
Many patients are unaware they have sleep apnea due to its wide range of symptoms and close correlation to other sleeping issues. Varying from patient to patient, these symptoms can affect you both physically and mentally. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Anxiety and depression
- Waking up with a sore/dry throat
- Daytime fatigue and drowsiness
- Morning headaches
- Lack of energy or motivation
Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Not all patients share the same risk for sleep apnea. Common uncontrollable factors linked to sleep apnea include the patient’s age and gender. Older patients have been found to have a higher risk for the condition, as well as males, who are two to three times more likely than women to have OSA.
Research has found that sleep apnea increases your risk for other major health issues, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and strokes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Adult asthma
- Acid reflux
FAQs About Sleep Apnea & Your Health
What if I don’t seek treatment for my sleep apnea?
The consequences of sleep apnea can be life-threatening. Untreated sleep apnea has been associated with risks of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and more.
How do I diagnose my sleep apnea?
Dr. Greenman can refer you to a local sleep physician for a professional, overnight sleep study. He can also provide at-home screening tests for you to complete in the comfort of your own home.
What types of sleep apnea are there?
There are two different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. The most common, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is what we treat here in Westlake Village. OSA episodes occur during a person’s sleep when there’s an obstruction in their airway, preventing them from breathing properly.
Getting the Sleep Apnea Care You Deserve
Dr. Greenman has a special sensitivity to sleep apnea due to breathing issues he suffered as a child. Medical intervention was required to improve his oral health, breathing, and sleeping patterns.
That’s why Dr. Greenman understands the importance of providing safe and efficient care for our patients. If you’ve tried CPAP and found that it wasn’t right for you, we feature treatment alternatives such as our convenient oral appliances.
Call our Westlake office today to schedule your free consultation. We provide real solutions to improve your quality of life.