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What Are The Symptoms And Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where your breathing is affected while you’re asleep. It is a dangerous condition because untreated sleep apnea can lead to heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. In fact, it increases the possibility of a stroke or cardiac attack in the middle of sleep.

There’s no age bracket for this condition. It can happen to adults, children, and even toddlers.  Here at Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we’ve helped plenty of patients deal with this issue.  While it can be troubling, there are ways to determine if it’s affecting you and find some solutions.  Read on to learn about this challenging issue.

Let’s have a look at the symptoms involved:

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

There are several different potential indicators of sleep apnea.  While many people may experience one or a few of these conditions here and there, sufferers of sleep apnea tend to experience them far more often, and to a stronger degree.

  • Extremely loud snoring when asleep.
  • Mild to severe headaches when you wake up.
  • Interrupted breathing (noticeable by the bed partner).
  • Waking up from sleep with uneven breathing.
  • Sore or dry mouth when you wake up.
  • Memory, attention, and concentration problems.
  • Terrible mood swings.
  • Susceptible to hypersomnia (daytime sleepiness).
  • Obesity due to a poor sleeping pattern.
  • High risk of sexual dysfunction.

If you think one or more of these symptoms may apply to you, reach out to Aesthetic Family Dentistry with your questions.  We can help you start dealing with this today.

Symptoms In Children

About 10% to 20% of children who snore are said to be suffering from sleep apnea.

The condition can be particularly serious for children as it can prevent learning and even cause developmental issues.

Some symptoms include:

  • Breathing from the mouth.
  • Very loud snoring.
  • Interrupted breathing.
  • Bedwetting.
  • Hypersomnia (tired and sleepy in daytime).

Symptoms In Toddlers

Surprisingly, toddlers can suffer from it too. It can, however, be hard to identify among toddlers as babies can be restless due to a variety of reasons.

Some common symptoms are:

  • Interrupted breathing.
  • Extreme coughing.
  • Choking during sleep.
  • Sweating excessively.
  • Restlessness.
  • Loud to mild snoring.
  • Frustration and irritation.
  • Slow development.
  • Adenoid related problems such as tonsils.
  • Sleepy during the day

All in all, light or heavy snoring with interrupting breathing patterns are the major signs of sleep apnea. You should waste no time in getting in touch with a doctor if you or someone close to you shows just symptoms.

Risk Factors:

 Sleep apnea is not a normal condition or one that should be left untreated. It is a life-threatening condition and must be treated as soon as possible.

Anyone can suffer from this condition, but there are some risk factors that make you more likely to have this issue.  Those risk factors are listed below.

Large Neck Size:

 Males with a neck size of seventeen inches or more are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. In women, the neck size of sixteen inches or above can increase the risk of sleep apnea.

The problem with larger neck sizes is that it causes the neck tissues to go soft. As a result, the airway passage may get blocked resulting in snoring and breathing problems.


 There seems to be a direct connection between sleep apnea and obesity. This is because obesity can impact your sleeping pattern, causing the digestive system to not function properly.

As a result, you may report of symptoms of sleep apnea.


 People suffering from high blood pressure are more prone to sleep apnea. This can be fatal because high BP coupled with irregular breathing can increase the risk of cardiac arrest.


 According to some reports, sleep apnea can be hereditary and may pass along generations.


 Sleep apnea is more common among men than women. However, the risk increases in women once they hit menopause.

Important Sleep Apnea Facts To Know About

  • More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea but sadly, only 20% of people are diagnosed and treated.
  • Sleep apnea is more likely to hit people over 50 years of age. However, it can affect teenagers, children, and toddlers, too, especially due to it being hereditary.
  • One in five adults might have mild symptoms of sleep apnea. While one in fifteen might have medium to severe symptoms.


The right sleep apnea treatment depends on the cause. For example, if your symptoms are due to obesity, your doctor may recommend focusing on weight loss and some associated lifestyle changes.

If lifestyle changes are insufficient, there are more direct methods for addressing sleep apnea::

  • CPAP Therapy:

     Short for continuous positive airway pressure therapy, it is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The process involves a CPAP machine that uses a mask and hose to deliver steady and constant air pressure.

  • Surgery:

     Surgery is used as a last resort to treat sleep apnea. It involves widening the airways by shrinking or stiffening obstructive tissues so air can pass without any problem.

  • MRD:

     Short for mandibular repositioning device, it’s a mouthpiece that keeps the mouth in a forward position and widens the space behind the tongue to keep the airways open.  It’s a dental appliance that is customized according to your requirements.

Aesthetic Family Dentistry is Ready to Help You Today

Sleep apnea is a concerning condition and should be diagnosed and treated immediately to prevent harsh consequences. Your dentist in North Scottsdale AZ may be the right person to consult if you have signs of sleep apnea.

If you have any questions about whether you have sleep apnea and how to respond to it, reach out to us at 480-515-0404, or find us online.  Our friendly and professional staff can answer any questions and discuss next steps.

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