Sleep Apnea Symptoms San Francisco

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a patient can experience pauses in breathing when sleeping.  The breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, and can occur over 30 times an hour.  This chronic condition disrupts sleep and can lead to excessive drowsiness and exhaustion during the daytime.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, where the airways are obstructed during sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Many patients who suffer from sleep apnea do not realize that they are snoring or gasping for air repeatedly throughout the night.  It is typically a partner who reports that there may be some issues, however an individual might recognize some of the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

  • Loud snoring that is chronic
  • Long pauses in breathing when sleeping
  • Choking or gasping for air when sleeping
  • Daytime exhaustion
  • Sore or dry mouth in the morning
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up feeling out of breath
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Moodiness, irritability, and/or depression

If you or someone that you know might be experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, then do not hesitate to contact San Francisco Dentist Dr. Mohamed Ali.  Dr. Ali will consult with you to learn more about your own experiences with sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliance therapy and lifestyle changes.  To learn more about your symptoms and how San Francisco Dentist Dr. Ali can help, contact our San Francisco office today.