Whether you’re here because your partner has finally decided that they can’t put up with your snoring anymore, or you find yourself waking up multiple times through the night gasping for air, there’s a chance that what you may be suffering from is a disorder known as sleep apnea. Affecting more than 20 million Americans and with a diagnosis rate as low as 20% in moderate to severe obstructive cases, sleep apnea is a lot more common than you may think.
Not to be confused with narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder that causes episodes of overwhelming drowsiness throughout the day, sleep apnea (also known as sleep apnoea) only affects you when you’re sleeping. Now, you may be wondering to yourself, what does this have to do with my oral health? While we will be answering this question more in detail later, believe it or not, it’s quite common for dentists to diagnose sleep disorders first.
In this article, we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at sleep apnea symptoms, causes, complications, and treatments so you can stay ahead of the curve and take appropriate action.