Sleep Apnea – What Is It and Treatment

December 1, 2013

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder effecting more and more of the population where breathing is paused for a few seconds up to several minutes.  When it occurs, breathing is normally disturbed by a block in airflow and snoring is often one of signs.  The challenges with it are not only lack of sleep more many other dangers to a person’s health.  The following are some of the symptoms and procedures to help.

What is Sleep Apnea

1. What is sleep apnea and how do I know if I have it?
Sleep apnea is an apnea where breathing is disturbed during a person’s sleep to the point where a person is woken up and oxygen is not getting supplied to the brain. To know if you have it, a home test is done to see how often this is happening, or a loved one will inform you that you snore or have a hard time staying awake in situations, such as riding in the car or after a heavy lunch.  In many cases, sleep studies help identify the severity of a person’s sleep apnea.

2. Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Yes, sleep apnea is dangerous.  It can cause fatigue which makes operating cars or machinery dangerous. There are also links between sleep apnea to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and obesity. There is a hormonal balance that is regulated very well in people who get good sleep.

3. What are the effects of Sleep Apnea?
When you don’t get enough sleep, these hormones get out of balance and tell the body that the individual is hungry and more eating takes place which causes weight gain.  With weight gain and fatigue comes many of the other health issues mentioned – diabetes, stroke, heart disease, etc.Sleep Apnea

How is Sleep Apnea Treated

Sleep apnea is often treated by CPAP machines, sleep surgery and in the last decade, the sleep apnea mouthpiece.  The sleep apnea mouthpiece is provided by sleep apnea dentists and commonly known as the snoring mouthpiece by many patients.

If you feel you may have sleep apnea and would like to consider the snoring mouthpiece, give Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry a call at 972-690-6653.

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