Sleep apnea is a condition that stops your breathing as you sleep. This will cause a lack of oxygen in your body, which will create problems for your essential organs. This is usually either caused by a blockage in the airway, making it difficult to breathe, or your brain failing to send signals to the muscles that allow you to breathe.
Many people believe that sleep apnea is not dangerous when the reality is quite opposite. Sleep apnea, if left untreated, can lead to severe health problems that include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure or heart attack, depression, weight gain, irritability, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Sleep apnea can occur in anyone. Many people believe that only men suffer from sleep apnea, however this is not true. Studies have found sleep apnea in men, women and children of all ages. That is why it’s important to talk to your dentist if you think you or a loved one have any signs or symptoms of sleep apnea. Signs of sleep apnea include, snoring, gasping for air while you sleep, morning headaches, difficulty staying asleep, and even choking sounds as you sleep.
The good news is sleep apnea is a treatable condition. There are many forms of treatments available that include various oral appliances, continuous positive airway pressure therapy, and even surgery for extreme cases. However, no matter what path you take in your treatment plan, you can feel secure because your dentist can help you through the process.
Remember, your dentist is here to address any questions or concerns you have about your sleep apnea and other oral health topics. So, call us at 734.668.6612 and schedule an appointment today.