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Sleep apnea symptoms and signs are often an indication that your health is being negatively affected. Maybe someone has told you your snore is deafening, or you’ve woken up on more than your fair share of mornings feeling less than refreshed. In those instances, it’s probably pretty obvious something’s up with your sleep. But in the case of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder wherein people stop breathing while asleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night, pinpointing the problem can be significantly trickier. We’ve compiled the list of signs and symptoms of sleep apnea below to hopefully make pinpointing easier.

One of the most common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses. These brief periods of breathing cessation don’t trigger full alertness but disrupt sleep enough to leave sufferers groggy in the mornings — and at risk for a number of more serious health problems, often without even realizing there’s a problem. You likely won’t know that you’re having problems breathing or be able to judge how severe the problem is. A family member or bed partner often will notice these problems before you do.

However, it is important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

Major Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Signs

  • Waking up with a very sore or dry throat

  • Loud snoring

  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation

  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day

  • Sleepiness while driving

  • Morning headaches

  • Restless sleep

  • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex

  • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia

  • You have diabetes or other health problems*

Others sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate

  • Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes

  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up

  • Weight gain

sleep apnea symptoms

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.

Do you have one or more of these sleep apnea symptoms?

If you or a loved one have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or display a combination of the symptoms above, treatment is essential. Ask your physician about taking a Sleep Apnea Risk Evaluation Screening test, which is a simple questionnaire. If you have already been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), consider using a SomnoDent device for Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT).

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance: SomnoDent

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Is a SomnoDent Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Right for Me?

A SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliance is a premium, custom-fitted dental device developed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery. By simply wearing a SomnoDent while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep. Most patients and practitioners prefer oral appliance therapy for its comfort, convenience, and effectiveness.

A growing number of men and women have discovered SomnoDent to be the perfect solution for ending snoring, treating sleep apnea and/or improving sleep quality. It is an ideal alternative treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who have severe OSA, yet are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery.

Effective: 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality with SomnoDent¹

Highest Quality: FDA 510K cleared, Class II Medical Devices, and manufactured at an ISO 13485 certified facility. Customized using the highest quality acrylic which does not discolor or attract odors.

Custom-fit: SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliances are manufactured using dental impressions of your teeth, ensuring an effortless, custom-fit unique to your mouth

Non-Restrictive in Movement: While wearing a SomnoDent, you will be able to fully open and close your mouth, yawn, drink, take oral medication and even speak clearly, making it ideal for the patient who may be claustrophobic.

Easily Adjustable: SomnoDent is unlimited in protrusive advancement, meaning that you can advance your lower jaw as forward as possible when wearing the device.

Highly Adaptable: If you have missing teeth, crowns, bridgework or wear a full upper denture, a SomnoDent can be adapted to fit your mouth structure.

Patient Compliance: 88% of patients reported regular use of their SomnoDent device¹

Enduring Durability: A combination of premium materials and, for some models, an inner cast framework, ensures that the SomnoDent oral device is one of the strongest appliances currently available, making it an ideal treatment option for all patients, especially teeth grinders (bruxers). 1 to 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

Clinically Proven: 15+ independent studies demonstrate the device’s significant clinical benefits

Combination Use: SomnoDent can conveniently be used as a companion to your CPAP for combination therapy, allowing simpler mask fitting, reduced CPAP pressure and a compact alternative for traveling.


SomnoMed’s comprehensive and scientifically validated results establish SomnoDent as the Gold Standard Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance.


  • 88% of patients reported regular use of their SomnoDent device.*

  • Unique SMH BFlex technology provides unparalleled comfort.**

  • Patients can talk and open/close their mouths and lips while wearing their device.



  • FDA 510(k) cleared and manufactured at an ISO 13485 certified facility.

  • Customized using the highest quality acrylic

  • Device life expectancy 3-5 years; and devices have a 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects.***


  • 15+ independent studies demonstrate the device’s significant clinical benefits.

  • 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality while wearing SomnoDent.*

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