What is Sleep Apnea?
When you go to sleep your muscles relax, including those in your throat. In some people the relaxing muscles cause the airways to narrow. This can reduce the amount of air flowing in and out of your airways. This makes you snore.
Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases, the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don’t trigger a full awakening.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can have a dramatically negative effect on your daily life as well as your long-term health.
Sleep apnea is seen more frequently among men than among women, particularly African-American and Hispanic men. A major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.
untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
It is extremely important that you seek sleep apnea treatment and practice it on a nightly basis if you are suffering from this sleep disorder. Sleep apnea does not only result in fatigue but may also affect your long-term health, may damage your relationships, and may even cause you to accidentally harm yourself or those around you. After all, if you fall asleep due to exhaustion, you become at-risk of passing out while driving or performing other dangerous tasks. The good news is that sleep apnea treatment is gentle yet effective. You will wear an oral appliance while you sleep, which will shift your lower jaw forward slightly. This jaw alignment promotes open airways for sound sleep.
If you are a loud snorer, find that you suffer from common side effects of sleep apnea, or simply feel fatigued on a daily basis but you’re not sure why we encourage you to schedule an appointment to speak with us about sleep apnea treatment.
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