Benton & Nelson DDS

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea signs and symptoms that you may experience

  • Feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep
  • Difficulty staying awake during the day
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth upon waking
  • Morning headaches
  • Tooth grinding

Sleep apnea signs and symptoms that your bed partner may notice while you sleep

  • Snoring
  • Pausing in breathing
  • Gasping for breath

Signs and symptoms your dentist may observe

Did you know that your dentist may recognize signs of sleep apnea during your routine dental exam?  Because sleep apnea is often associated with tooth grinding and enlarged oral soft tissue structures, your dentist may discuss whether you are experiencing other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and refer you to your physician.  

  • Tooth wear (shortening of teeth)
  • Tooth fractures or cracks
  • Enlarged tonsils, soft palate, tongue, or uvula
  • Smaller lower jaw
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