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10 Signs You May Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

10 Signs You May Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects breathing during sleep and there are ten signs that you need to know about. Dr.Lindner a sleep apnea dentist says “It is a common problem that can cause many health issues.”  People with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods during sleep. This can happen multiple times an hour. This can lead to several health problems including •High blood pressure •Heart problems •Stroke •Diabetes •Depression 


 Sleep apnea can also cause problems with your teeth and gums. People with sleep apnea are more likely to have gum disease and tooth decay. Usually, patients with sleep apnea have very dry mouths, as a result of less saliva to wash away harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor or book a free consultation with Dental Sleep Medicine of Greenville.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Diabetes mellitus is due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. The underlying mechanisms are still being elucidated, but involve a combination of decreased insulin secretion, impaired insulin action, and increased glucose production by the liver. The classic symptoms of diabetes are polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), and weight loss.

Health Concerns:

People with diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. They are also more likely to have nerve damage, kidney disease, and eye problems. Proper management of diabetes is important to avoid these and other complications.

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a type of sugar. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body. It comes from the food we eat.

Insulin is a hormone that helps the body turn glucose into energy. People with diabetes don’t make enough insulin or their bodies don’t use insulin well. This causes glucose to build up in the blood.

High blood glucose can cause health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

People with diabetes should have their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels checked regularly. They should also see a doctor regularly for other health concerns. Treatment for diabetes includes medicine, diet, exercise, and behavioral modification.

What is considered high blood pressure?

Elevated blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure between 120 and 129 with a diastolic pressure of less than 80. High blood pressure is defined as 130 or higher for the first number, or 80 or higher for the second number.


What are the 5 symptoms of high blood pressure?


Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

  • Blurry or double vision.
  • Lightheadedness/Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.


How can I control my blood pressure at home?


Lifestyle and home remedies

  1. Eat healthy foods. Eat a heart-healthy diet. …
  2. Decrease the salt in your diet. Aim to limit sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less. …
  3. Maintain a healthy weight. …
  4. Increase physical activity. …
  5. Limit alcohol. …
  6. Don’t smoke. …
  7. Manage stress. …
  8. Monitor your blood pressure at home.


Treatment for sleep apnea

Usually involves using a machine to help you breathe more easily during sleep or a custom dental device. Surgery may also be an option. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.  Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious condition that can lead to several health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Left untreated, high blood pressure can be deadly.  One of the most common health problems associated with high blood pressure is sleep apnea. 

 If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is important to be screened for sleep apnea with an at-home sleep study. If you are found to have sleep apnea, treatment is essential to protect your health. Treatment may include the use of a CPAP machine or oral dental device to help you breathe more easily during sleep, surgery, or a combination of both.




  1. Loud snoring: One of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is loud snoring. If someone you know snores very loudly, especially when sleeping on their back, they may have sleep apnea.
  1. daytime sleepiness: People with obstructive sleep apnea often experience extreme daytime sleepiness. This is because their sleep is constantly disturbed by the blocked airway, which can make it difficult to stay awake.
  1. difficulty concentrating: Another common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is difficulty concentrating. This is because sleep deprivation can affect cognitive function.
  1. morning headaches: People with obstructive sleep apnea often experience morning headaches. This is because of the constantly interrupted sleep.
  1. restless sleep: People with obstructive sleep apnea often have restless sleep, due to constant interruptions.
  1. waking up frequently: People with obstructive sleep apnea often wake up frequently during the night to urinate, because of the interrupted sleep.
  1. dry mouth or sore throat: One of the side effects of sleep apnea is dry mouth or sore throat. This is because the blocked airway can cause the mouth to dry out.
  1. morning headache: Many people with sleep apnea experience a morning headache. This is because of the interrupted sleep and the constant changes in pressure.
  1. mood swings: People with sleep apnea may experience mood swings due to the lack of quality sleep.
  1. restless sleep: People with sleep apnea may experience restless sleep due to interrupted sleep and the constant changes in pressure.

Treatment can help you feel more rested and improve your overall health.

At Dental Sleep Medicine of Greenville, Sleep Apnea Dentist Dr. Leor Lindner provides sleep apnea treatment with oral devices.

sleep apnea appliance

Meet Dr. Lindner D.M.D.,D-ABDSM

Dr. Lindner graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1990 from Fairleigh DickinsonCollege of Dental Medicine. He has been practicing general dentistry/dental sleep medicine at 40 pointe cir since 2010.

Dr. Lindner is Board Certified and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only non-profit professional association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Lindner helps treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective treatment that is covered by most insurance plans. AADSM membership provides Dr. Lindner with access to educational resources and practice management tools that help him better serve his patients by providing the highest quality of care in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. 

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