How Treating Your Sleep Apnea Can Improve Your Health

Sleep ApneaEver heard of sleep apnea? It is a serious sleeping disorder that causes someone to stop breathing when they are sleeping. While there are a few reasons for why someone would be diagnosed with this sleeping disorder, the end result is the same for those diagnosed – the inability to get a good night's rest. Unfortunately, the inability to have a clear breathing path along with not getting a good night's sleep are not the only negatives that come with being diagnosed with this common sleeping disorder.

If you are someone who is having trouble breathing when sleeping it is really important that you make a dentist appointment for an official diagnosis as soon as possible.

What exactly is sleep apnea?

The term refers to a disorder that causes people to stop and start breathing throughout the night. Loud snoring is one of the signs that someone may have this disorder. There are different forms of this potentially debilitating syndrome, with one of the more common called obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the throat muscles are extremely relaxed. Another form is called central sleep apnea, which means that the brain is not sending the right signals to the muscles that are in charge of breathing. The third form is called complex sleep apnea syndrome, which is a combination of the two forms listed above.

Treating sleep apnea can improve your health

Experiencing sleep apnea is not just an inconvenience. It can have quite the negative effects on one's health, too. Most people know what is like to not get a good night's sleep, but those diagnosed with a sleeping disorder rarely get a good night's sleep. If not properly treated, those affected can also experience the following negative health affects – high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, heart disease, obesity, and type two diabetes.

Who is at risk for developing sleep apnea?

Everyone. Although, the following factors are known to increase one's chances of developing sleep apnea:

  • Being overweight
  • Being male
  • Being older
  • Having a family history
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Having a narrow airway
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose

Got sleep apnea questions?

The fact that sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that causes people to stop breathing in the middle of the night makes it essential for anyone who thinks they may have it to contact a professional dentist immediately for an expert diagnosis. This is absolutely necessary in order for you to get the treatment you need to be and stay healthy. Once you receive a proper diagnosis you are able to receive any necessary treatments that will help correct the apnea problem. If you are simply not sure whether or not you indeed have a sleeping disorder, contact us now with your symptoms so that we can help guide you in the right direction.

Our professional dental staff are always available for our patients' questions!

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