Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that stops a person from breathing while they’re sleeping. Most of the time, this disorder is so subtle that most sufferers never find out they have it. Even if the sleep apnea is a little more serious - to the point that the sufferer stops breathing multiple times a night - there’s usually no reason to worry.
Unfortunately, sleep apnea combined with prescription medication, heart problems and breathing difficulties is a recipe for disaster.
For starters, having your sleep interrupted is stressful. You may not wake up completely, but your body will usually “eject” itself from deep sleep. In this way, sleep apnea can slowly grind away your body’s natural resources and immunity. When this happens, the disorder will manifest itself in the form of low energy; a hazy mind; even depression.
To make sure none of these things happen, it’s important to see a doctor if you suspect that you or a loved one suffer from the disorder.
Characterizing Sleep Apnea
The first type of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea. In this disorder, your nervous system is affected in a way that stops the brain “telling” your body to breathe when you’re asleep. This kind of apnea rarely involves snoring and can often go unnoticed.
The second type of sleep apnea is called “obstructive sleep apnea”. It’s triggered by physical obstructions in the respiratory system. It’s called Most of the time, this means throat muscles are relaxing incorrectly - but can also involve oral movements and tics.
The third and potentially most dangerous type is complex sleep apnea. Sufferers experience a mix of both the first and second type of apnea, and are particularly prone to complications as a result.
It’s important to note that you should always immediately contact a doctor if you so much as suspect apnea in yourself or someone close to you. All three types can be lethal - so it’s important to identify them as quickly as possible.
How a Dentist Can Help You
The first thing you should do is come in to see a doctor - dental or otherwise - to figure out what kind of sleep apnea you have. If your problem is related to the nervous system, you will likely be directed to a neurologist who will recommend a way to resolve your problems through medication, behavior therapy and other methods.
However, if what you have is obstructive sleep apnea, it’s almost always possible to resolve it with the use of night-time restrainers. These will change the way the muscles in your throat and respiratory system activate, and prevent you from snoring and ceasing to breathe.
Our clinic specializes in high-quality dental guards that help resolve sleep apnea - so if you or someone you know are suffering from this condition, don’t delay.
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