One very common misconception that people have about sleep apnea is that it is snoring but it is not just that, it is much more. We feel that everyone should have a knowledge about sleep apnea because many people around us suffer from it and sometimes the person who has it, does not know anything about it so our purpose is to spread awareness which might lead to people getting treated for it. Sleep apnea is basically a disorder of sleep where the person stops breathing for a few seconds or minutes and then resumes with a choking sound or gasp for air.
The reason people confuse it with just snoring is because the gasp of air is generally followed by loud snoring. The reason we want people to become aware about the condition and get it treated by a dentist is because when the severity of sleep apnea is high, it can be fatal. If you have figured out that your sleep apnea is not that serious then you can easily get it treated by going to a dentist and getting oral sleep appliances and the dentist might even tell you some other tips and tricks to help you.
You cannot get treated if you do not have awareness about your situation, we know many people who did not know that they had sleep apnea their whole life. If we talk about recognizing the symptoms of sleep apnea, the easiest one is that the person sleeping next to the patient can detect the symptoms when the patient cannot do it himself/herself. The major symptom is cessation in breathing but that is easier to witness than to feel, you might feel it if you wake up. Otherr symptoms are loud snoring, fatigue, depression, frustration etc.