Sometimes, you may not even realize you have it. The best people to ask would be the ones that you live with, whether it’s a significant other or a family member. Here are some symptoms to recognize if you’re suffering from sleep apnea:
When you sleep, the muscles that keep your airway open alongside the tongue start to relax, which causes the airway to narrow. While this normally doesn’t cause obstructive sleep apnea, there can be excessive tissue or fat that’s surrounding the airway, restricting airflow when you sleep. Whatever air gets by ends up resulting in the snoring sounds that we’re all familiar with.
Besides the inconveniences and annoyances mentioned above, there can be serious side effects to not treating sleep apnea.
If a doctor or dentist determines that you are at risk for sleep apnea, he or she can write an order for a home sleep test. Most insurance providers will cover at least a portion of the cost of a sleep study. If your sleep study determines that you have sleep apnea, your doctor or dentist may recommend oral appliance therapy.