Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes deprived sleep because of uncontrollable breaks in breathing, shallow breaths, and sudden wake ups. It is a serious problem which needs an immediate medical diagnosis as it is potentially life-threatening which can cause decreased quality of life.
Pauses in normal breathing can cause less oxygen to make its way to the body and the brain, as a result of which sleep apnea people wake up suddenly to gasp for air. The deprived sleep can cause symptoms such as loud snoring, poor sleep, choking noises, and fatigue during the day. Also, long-term health complications of sleep apnea can include an increased risk for diabetes, obesity, memory loss, depression, heart disease and much more.
In order to diagnose and determine the severity of sleep apnea, a sleep study test is conducted, which may require an overnight stay at a sleep center. Such an evaluation involves monitoring of body functions during sleep, monitoring breath, eye movement, heart rate, muscle activity, air flow, respiratory effect, and blood oxygen level.
For milder cases of sleep apnea, you may be recommended for a lifestyle change such as quitting smoke, avoiding alcohol, changing sleep positions, losing weight, etc. If these measures don’t improve your condition or if you have a moderate to severe sleep apnea, you may be treated with various other treatments.
In certain cases, devices may be used to help open a blocked airway and in some cases, surgery may be performed to improve the condition. If you are a patient with moderate to severe sleep apnea, you can benefit from a device which keeps your upper airway passages open, preventing sleep apnea and snoring.
Chronic snoring is one of the common indicators of sleep apnea which needs a doctor’s evaluation. As sleep apnea patients are sleep deprived, they tend to suffer from a wide range of symptoms such as depression, loud snoring, falling asleep while at work, irritability, sexual dysfunction, memory loss, abrupt awakenings, morning headache and learning difficulties. If left untreated, symptoms can grow into more serious health problems such as high blood pressure, depression, heart attack and excessive sleepiness during the daytime.
J.C. Goodwin, DMD
3192 N Windsong Dr.,
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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