Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Northwest Portland, The Pearl District and Downtown Portland

Snoring is the result of a partially obstructed airway during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it is also one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition in which breathing periodically stops during sleep.

Portland, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. JD Miller of Portland Pearl Orthodontics has successfully treated many sleep apnea patients with the use of oral appliances. A thorough exam can diagnose the source of your sleep apnea and determine the best sleep apnea treatment for you.

In addition to loud snoring, individuals with sleep apnea usually experience other symptoms including:

  • Chronic daytime drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping through the night
  • Irritability
  • Nighttime urination
  • Sore throat and/or dry mouth upon waking
  • Snorting or choking during sleep
  • Waking headaches
  • Waking up short of breath

If you experience any of these symptoms in conjunction with one another, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to more serious health problems such as high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

To learn more about sleep apnea and sleep apnea treatment in the Portland, Oregon area, please contact the office of Portland Pearl Orthodontics to schedule your consultation with Portland orthodontist Dr. JD Miller.