I Snore. Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Snoring can be a common sign of sleep disordered breathing. But not everyone with obstructive sleep apnea snores. How can you tell if your snoring is a red flag for something more serious?

To get started, Buford Sleep recommends watching for these other common sleep apnea symptoms:

Daytime Fatigue

If you feel tired as soon as you wake up, don’t dismiss it as normal. Ongoing daytime drowsiness can be dangerous. You might even notice that it contributes to things like weight gain and depression.

A Large Neck Circumference

The size of the soft tissues around your upper airway play a direct role in obstructive sleep apnea. People who have a larger neck circumference are statistically more at-risk for a sleeping disorder than those who have smaller necks.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

When your brain is deprived of oxygen during sleep, it’s a natural instinct to clench your jaws tightly together and grind your teeth. Over time all of that clenching and grinding can lead to flat teeth and broken dental work.

Headaches or Jaw Pain

The tension that takes place during bruxism can also contribute to muscle pain and a sore TMJ. If you wake up in the morning with a headache or soreness in your neck and shoulders, pay attention to your other sleep apnea warning signs. They could all be related.

Is it Time to See a Sleep Dentist?

Buford Sleep offers therapeutic dental sleep medicine to combat issues like snoring and apnea. Our experienced providers can help you take the next steps toward a better night’s rest. Call us today to reserve a sleep disorder screening.