Sleep Apnea and Overall Health
Do you keep waking up in the morning tired and with a throbbing headache? Has your partner ever complained of your loud snoring and gasping sounds several times in the middle of the night?
You may be suffering from sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious nighttime disorder, which is characterized by a repeated cessation in breathing while you are sleeping. Obstructive and central and the two types of sleep apnea, however, obstructive sleep apnea is more prevalent.
At Brush & Floss Dental Center, our doctors can treat your symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea through various therapies and non-invasive treatments.
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When you are sleeping at night, the muscles on the back of your throat may relax to such an extent that they block your airways. This results in a decrease in the blood oxygen level, which triggers the brain into waking you up. As a result, you may abruptly wake up from sleep. The period of waking up is extremely short, often a fraction of a second, so you may not be aware that you are up in the night.
However, your partner may hear you making a spluttering or gasping sound as you come awake.
In severe conditions, episodes of sleep apnea may occur hundreds of time in a single night. As a result, the person may feel tired, suffer from daytime sleepiness, experience irritability, and may have difficulty concentrating.
However, sleep apnea also poses much greater dangers and long-term health risks than lack of sleep.
Complications Related to Sleep Apnea
Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea may lead to serious medical complications and health issues. These affect the following:
Sleep apnea not just interrupts your nightly rest, but it also puts you at increased risk of several diseases. However, there are ways to treat this condition. At Brush & Floss Dental Center, our doctors can offer conservative therapeutic treatments like the use of a CPAP machine or oral appliances to prevent your airway from being blocked.
Some people may also benefit from losing weight and abstaining from alcohol consumption.
If you think you have sleep apnea, call us today at (203) 683-5253 and we can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for you.