Causes and Symptoms

Over 12 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. However, many cases go undetected and undiagnosed for years. It can be difficult to self-diagnose, and we recommend getting a professional diagnosis if you or your partner notice any symptoms. At Staten Island Dental Sleep Health, our sleep dentist can help patients accurately identify signs of sleep apnea and treat their symptoms.

There are many different conditions that can cause or contribute to sleep apnea. Any of the following can increase your chances of developing this disorder:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Hypertension
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Enlarged tonsils, neck or tongue
  • Smoking
  • Your gender
  • A family history of sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can cause a range of symptoms that compromise your quality of life. Any changes in your energy level, mood or health could be a sign of this disorder. While snoring can affect many people, heavy snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Feeling groggy or drowsy throughout the day
  • Headaches when you wake up in the morning
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Memory loss or difficulty concentrating throughout the day
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Night sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Falling asleep throughout the day

If you have noticed any of these problems, contact Dr. Mel Pearson at 718-948-5100 for a sleep apnea appointment in Staten Island, New York.