How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?

Most people who have sleep apnea don’t even realize they have it, and they aren’t getting the best quality rest. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can lead to serious health problems that affect the length and quality of your life. Finding the right treatment for sleep apnea can help you improve your quality of life and overall health.

Dr. Richard Van Gurp is a highly trained and experienced dentist in Charlotte, NC who has obtained advanced training in oral appliance therapy.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when patients repeatedly stop breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks the airway, causing patients to stop breathing multiple times throughout their sleeping cycle. When this happens, oxygens levels to your major organs begins to drop, which can negatively impact your overall health.

Getting screened for sleep apnea may potentially save your life. Dr. Van Gurp can work with you to identify any signs of sleep apnea and create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Snoring: Snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. Most times, snoring is noticed by a partner. Although snoring does not indicate a definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea, you should still consider visiting a trained professional to determine if your snoring is caused by sleep apnea.

Fatigue: Sleep apnea may result in patients waking up throughout the night. Patients may wake up extremely fatigued, and it may continue to occur throughout the day.

Waking Up Gasping For Air: Sleep apnea patients may wake up and gasp for air during sleep.

Sore Throat or Dry Mouth: Sleep apnea patients usually report waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat.

Headaches: Since patients aren’t receiving an adequate amount of sleep, they may wake up with a headache that persists throughout the day.

Difficulty Concentrating: Having difficulty concentrating throughout the day is a sign of a sleeping disorder.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consider visiting Carolina Sleep Solutions in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Van Gurp can work with you to find the right solutions for your needs. To schedule an appointment, call 704.746.3160 or schedule a consultation online.


704.746.3160 Carolina Sleep Solutions
3111 Springbank Lane, Suite F2
Charlotte, NC 28226