Sleep Apnea – Obstructive Snoring

What is Sleep Apnea?

Palos Verdes Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a rather serious, yet common sleep disorder that happens when a person’s breathing is interrupted when they sleep. It is often indicated by loud snoring.When left untreated, a person can potentially stop breathing more than 30 times an hour. As result, the brain, along with the rest of the body, may not receive enough oxygen during these moments.

When it presents itself as a stand-alone event or habit, snoring is nothing serious, merely annoying. However, when there is an underlying cause behind it, or if you notice that it is coupled with other symptoms as described in this article, it might be an indicator to see a sleep apnea dentist.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression and moodiness
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, and driving. Thankfully, there is treatment available for sleep apnea.

Below are 10 common symptoms of sleep apnea. Do you experience or suffer from any of these?

  1. Snoring
  2. Interrupted Breathing (Apnea episodes)
  3. Feeling Tired During the Day
  4. Insomnia
  5. Moodth
  6. Nighttime Urination
  7. Restless Sleep
  8. Dry Mou
  9. Sex Life Implications
  10. Headaches

What are Types of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea Palos Verdes CAAccording to the American Dental Association, sleep apnea is categorized into two types depending on the cause:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea– Abbreviated as OSA, it is caused by temporary obstructions in the airways during sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea– Central sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

For more information, call or make an appointment with a sleep apnea specialist at our dental office in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA so we can find the right sleep apnea treatment for you. Our office is located near by Bristol Farms. Our dental care specialists will make sure that your questions are answered and you are happy with your decision.