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 occurs involuntarily while breathing with interruptions that occur while the patient is asleep. Currently known are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in most people suffering from this issue. While different causes might apply to each type, in all three, people stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep for one minute or longer, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. The reason this condition isn’t always detect right away is that the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages as they don’t wake up from them.
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 appears to occur more frequently among men than among women, particularly of African-American and Hispanic descent. One of the main symptoms is extremely loud snoring, which often irritates the bed partners majorly. Other indicators for sleep apnea are obesity, persistent daytime tiredness, sudden awakenings out of breath during the night, and having a dry mouth or a headache after waking up.
If sleep apnea is untreated, it may affect your performance in everyday activities negatively, such as at work and school. Possible consequences can be 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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