Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for your body to function properly, it is just as important as eating well and exercise. However, when you don’t get enough sleep, several aspects of your health can be seriously impacted. For people that suffer from sleep apnea disorder, getting enough rest at night is almost impossible. To solve this problem, consider dental sleep apnea treatment by a qualified sleep apnea dentist.
This condition affects the way you breathe while sleeping, often leading to frequent, loud snoring. Obstructive Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more breathing interruptions or blockages while sleeping. In this condition the throat can close, leading to cessation of breathing. Apnea is defined as “a cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds or longer”. People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they are sleeping, sometimes hundreds of times a night, sometimes for a minute or even longer! All this occurs while the person is usually unaware while sleeping, and affects some 25 million Americans of all ages.
Typically, someone with obstructive sleep apnea will snore heavily, and then stop breathing. The bed partner will observe that the person struggles to breathe but here is no snoring sound. These periods of lack of breathing are followed by sudden attempts to breathe, often accompanied by a gasping or choking sound. The person with OSA will partially awaken leading to fragmented, non-refreshing sleep which can be the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness. The lack of breathing also causes the oxygen levels in the blood to fall, which leads to multiple medical problems.