How Do I Know if I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? | Manhattan Beach Dentist

There is nothing like getting a good night’s sleep. The feeling you have, waking up on your own, completely refreshed and ready to start another day. Sadly, most of us don’t get those perfect night’s sleep. For many of us, life’s stressors leave us sleepless more than we’d like. For others, the issue is far deeper than that.

Facts are facts, one in five people have obstructive sleep apnea, but they don’t know it as 85 percent of these sufferers have yet to be diagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a sleeping disorder that is caused by the constriction of throat muscles while you sleep, causing the inability to breathe. Once the brain realizes there is no breathing, it jolts the body awake to restart it. Breathing is restored, but sleep has been interrupted.

Unfortunately, we are sleeping while we suffer through this condition, so many times we don’t even know we have it. It’s likely someone sleeping around you is more bothered by it than you are, but if you find you have the following symptoms, it’s time to get checked out:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • High blood pressure
  • Choking or gasping during sleep witnessed by others
  • Headaches, sore throat, dry mouth when you wake
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Poor concentration, reaction time, and/or memory
  • Poor decision-making
  • Loss of motivation, moodiness, loss of sex drive and work efficiency

So, if you find that you are having difficulty sleeping, make an appointment to get a sleep study done. If they find that it is OSA, there are ways to help you get your good night’s sleep back.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.