It is estimated that tens of millions of people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which causes them to stop breathing for a few seconds or up to a minute. A common cause of sleep apnea stems from the soft tissue and muscles around airways relaxing while a person sleeps. When these areas slacken or collapse, it temporarily blocks the air from flowing and causes the person to wake up abruptly.
While these can vary, here are some typical sleep apnea symptoms:
The amount of sleep we get has a huge effect on our overall health. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, they are negatively impacting their overall health due to a significant decline in their quality and quantity of sleep. This can also negatively impact their family members, since they can also be inadvertently awoken by the gasping or snoring.
Regular dentist visits are important because it allows the dentist to screen you for oral health problems that lead to conditions like sleep apnea before they become severe.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to the following:
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, book an appointment for a consultation. Further testing may be recommended after your visit with us to determine the extent of your sleep apnea and the best treatment option for your case.
Do you wake up in the morning but feel like you haven’t gotten any sleep at all? Sleep apnea may be causing you to wake up. Give us a call to set up a consultation so we can let you know how we can help.