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There’s an estimated 20 million adults in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but it’s thought that millions more suffer from sleep apnea without knowing it.

So how do you know if you’re suffering from it? Well, let’s look at a few symptoms that will make it imperative for you to visit us here at Dynamic Dental Smiles for a consultation.

Waking up with a headache

Do you wake up with headaches on a regular basis? That’s another sign of sleep apnea. Your brain isn’t fully rested when you spend a night with apnea disrupting your sleep, which results in a bad headache when you wake up.

High blood pressure

If your blood pressure is chronically high, then you know you’re at risk for developing sleep apnea. If you go in for an annual physical and your doctor doesn’t ask you how you’re sleeping after seeing that you have high blood pressure, that should be an immediate red flag. If you have high blood pressure and aren’t sleeping well, this is one of sleep apnea’s earliest signs.

You’re overweight

The last common symptom of sleep apnea is manifested in those individuals who are overweight. All the extra weight weighs on your throat while sleeping, which can cause sleep apnea. Often, losing weight and eating healthier can cure your sleep apnea.

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t delay. Call us today at 941-549-8930 to see Dr. Maria Boutsikos, DMD and plan a course of action to treat your sleep apnea.