What is Sleep Apnea?
A common indication of sleep apnea includes the consistent and sudden pausing of breathing throughout the full sleep duration. If you have sleep apnea, you can stop breathing dozens or hundreds of times a night. Each apnea episode, or period in which your breathing has stopped, causes your blood oxygen levels to drop dangerously. The decrease of oxygen can then stress the entire body, especially your cardiovascular system and brain. It also requires the brain to rouse briefly to reopen your airways, waking you up throughout the night. Unfortunately, most people do not even remember waking up, but overall your body will not be getting the rest it needs.
Anyone from small children to older adults can suffer from sleep apnea. Your risk may be higher if you are older than 40, male, overweight, have a large neck, have a family history of the condition or have nasal obstructions. Without treatment, your risk of complications associated with sleep apnea can soar. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, ADHD symptoms, irregular heartbeats, stroke, heart failure, heart attacks and headaches. You may also be more likely to have a workplace or motor vehicle accident with the instability of rest.
Treatment can help ease your symptoms, such as daytime drowsiness and fatigue, and can reduce your risk of serious complications. We offer dental appliances that can adjust the position of your jaw, which helps keep your airways open throughout the night. Other treatment options may be appropriate for some patients, including CPAP therapy and lifestyle changes. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Pasadena sleep apnea dentist.
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