There are a wide range of causes and symptoms of sleep apnea. Symptoms can be physical or mental, and will vary greatly from patient to patient. During your complimentary sleep apnea screening, Dr. Dailey will help you understand the main causes and symptoms of sleep apnea. Once we’ve helped you attain a diagnosis and get a referral, our Ann Arbor dentist can help you treat these symptoms to give you a good night’s rest again.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Multiple things can lead to this condition, including genetic, lifestyle and other factors which can affect your ability to breath while sleeping. Some of these risk factors include:
- Family History
- Gender – Males are much more likely to develop sleep apnea
- Enlarged tissue such as the tongue
- Bone deformities
Understanding the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Not being able to get a good night’s sleep can quickly affect every aspect of your life. While the symptoms may vary from patient to patient, it’s important to be familiar with the warning signs in order to get care before the condition worsens. These symptoms can be mental or physical, affecting everything from how you function every day to your ability to remain healthy and active. Some symptoms to look for include:
- Inability to sleep
- Fatigue during the day
- Memory problems
- Heartburn or choking at night
- Sweating and chest pain during sleep
- Headaches that increase in frequency and severity
Contact Our Ann Arbor Dental Sleep Medicine Diplomate
While sleep apnea might not seem like it can cause long-term damage to your health, postponing treatment can lead to a number of consequences that threaten your overall well being. Dr. Dailey will help you determine how to treat the symptoms before they become a major issue for your overall health. Contact our Ann Arbor dentist today for a consultation!
Frequently Asked Questions
This sleep disorder is caused when your airway is obstructed by something such as enlarged throat tissues, your tongue falling to the back of your throat, or enlarged tonsils. Obesity, genetics, and being male can also make you more likely to develop sleep apnea.