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Causes & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
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Warning Signs to Be Aware of

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea. It results from your throat muscles constricting to block your airway, interrupting your breathing overnight. This leads you to wake up constantly and prevents you from enjoying a quality night’s rest.

Since sleep apnea can have a major impact on your overall health, it’s crucial to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors. Explore our guide to learn about all the major warning signs so you can stay ahead of this harmful disorder.

Risk Factors For Sleep Apnea

There are a few common risk factors for sleep apnea that it’s crucial to be aware of. For example, men are more likely to develop the condition than women and everyone’s risk increases with age, regardless of gender.

In addition, there are a few other risk factors for sleep apnea including:
  • Excess weight
  • Large neck circumference
  • Tobacco & alcohol use
  • Family history of sleep apnea

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea does more than just interfere with your sleep. In fact, it can lead to a wide range of consequences that are harmful to your overall health. Some of these include:

  • Loud, frequent snoring
  • Gasping or choking sounds while you sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Lack of energy/motivation
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Mood shifts/irritability
  • Headaches and/or dry mouth in the morning
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased libido

Visit Bay Area Sleep Solutions For Oral Appliance Therapy

If you have sleep apnea, it’s essential to seek help before your condition begins to seriously affect your health. Dr. Goel can provide you with a sleep test to ensure you get a proper diagnosis and develop a treatment plan just for you.

Though CPAP is often recommended as the first treatment, many patients find the machine too loud and uncomfortable to sleep with. That’s why we specialize in oral appliance therapy, a more comfortable and less invasive alternative to CPAP.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to get a professional opinion. Call one of our offices in San Jose or Santa Clara and schedule a consultation with Dr. Goel today.