What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
  • Loud Snoring
  • Observed cessation of breathing
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Mood disorders
  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired cognitive function
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • A-Fib
  • Difficulty managing Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of Libido
  • Drowsy Driving

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud and chronic snoring, episodes of breathing cessation during sleep (most often observed by a bed partner), abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat upon waking, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and decreased libido.

These symptoms can significantly impact one’s quality of life, leading to daytime fatigue, impaired cognitive function, and mood disturbances. It’s important to note that not everyone with sleep apnea experiences all of these symptoms, and they can vary in severity.

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Howard Hoffman

Hi! I'm Howard J. Hoffman, D.D.S. Actually, my patients and even friends call me Doc H. You may remember hearing me talking about conscious sedation on the radio, which earned me another nickname, "Miami's original sedation dentist." I am a member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD).

Having practiced dentistry for over 45 years and working in Sleep Apnea since 1997.

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