Signs you may have sleep apnea
For people suffering from sleep apnea, the basic and fundamental act of going to sleep can become a painful chore. Sometimes unaware that they are suffering from the condition, many people go to bed at night for what they think will be a good night’s sleep, only to wake up feeling groggy, disoriented, and totally exhausted nonetheless.
The sleep disorder results from irregular breathing patterns, where breathing repeatedly stops and starts again throughout a person’s sleep cycle. It is a fairly common condition that affects millions of Americans each year, and many well known celebrities like Randy Jackson, Quincy Jones, Roseanne Barr, Regis Philbin, William Shatner, Rosie O’Donnell, and Shaquille O’Neal.
There are a few forms of sleep apnea:
Obstructive - the most common form, which causes blockage or collapse of the airway during sleep, resulting in paused or shallow breathing.
Central - less common, this type of sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not send signals to the muscles that control breathing
Complex sleep apnea syndrome (also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea) - combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea
Central and obstructive sleep apnea share many of the same symptoms:
- Loud snoring (typically more common with obstructive sleep apnea)
- Visible periods of breathing cessation during sleep
- Waking up abruptly with shortness of breath (typically more common with central sleep apnea)
- Waking up with dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Hypersomnia (extreme daytime sleepiness and fatigue)
- Difficulty focusing and paying attention
Dental Sleep Medicine in Lexington
Sleep apnea is a chronic (long term) condition that requires professional treatment in order to help improve the quality of sleep, as well as to prevent potential health risks that are associated with the condition. The most common forms of treatment include:
- Dental mouthpieces for sleep apnea
- Breathing devices like the oral sleep appliance (available at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington)
Potential Sleep Apnea Associated Health Risks
When left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious, potentially life threatening consequences, such as:
- high blood pressure
- heart attack
- heart failure
- arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- increased risk of traffic and work related accidents
- hormone disruption
Are you or a loved one suffering from sleep apnea? Contact Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington at 859-756-4411 to schedule a consultation today!