Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by breathing pauses that occur multiple times when sleeping and can last for a few seconds or a few minutes. Although a multitude of people experiences this condition, not everyone is aware that they have it. Since it occurs during sleep, the ones who can detect its symptoms are the people around the patient like their bed partners or family members.
For patients who are quite unaware of this condition, here are some of the symptoms that they should watch out for:
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty in focusing and concentrating
- Gasping and choking sounds created during sleep
- Frequent and loud snoring
- Sleep deprivation
- Sleep disturbances
Snoring may be the biggest give away of sleep apnea sufferers, but every patient should also know that not everyone who snores has the condition. To make it more clear there are actually two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive (OSA) and Central (CSA).
OSA occurs because of the soft tissues at the back of the throat that collapses on the airway. The blockage of the airway results in breathing pauses that triggers sleep apnea episodes. Meanwhile, partial obstruction causes the soft tissues to vibrate therefore creates snoring sounds.
CSA, on the other hand, occurs because the brain fails in sending signals to the muscles that control proper breathing. Unlike OSA, central sleep apnea does not usually involve any snoring episodes.
At Blooming Family Dental, we take sleep apnea very seriously for we understand the potential harm it can bring to one’s overall health. We highly advise our patients to seek immediate professional attention if they suspect that they experience some of its symptoms. To assist these patients, we provide oral devices that are custom-made for each patient to guarantee a perfect fitting. This appliance aims to adjust the position of the throat muscles and jaw to ensure a steady supply of air during sleep. It prevents the episodes of sleep apnea from occurring for patients to get enough sleep to keep on going every day.
The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
– due to the disruption on the body’s oxygen intake, it makes it harder for the brain to control proper blood flow to the arteries and back.
– sleep apnea can result in the result of ghrelin which is a hormone that makes people crave for sweets and carbohydrates. Not getting enough rest makes it harder to burn these foods to turn it into energy which leads to weight gain.
– since people do not get enough rest it increases their risk of getting into accidents that those who sleep normally.
Type 2 diabetes
– the insufficient amount of sleep means that there is an inadequate supply of insulin in the body, this increases one’s risk of developing diabetes.
If you’re suffering from a sleep disorder that causes breathing pauses, then it may be Sleep Apnea! Book your appointment immediately at Blooming Family Dental for Sleep Apnea Treatment in West Caldwell, NJ. You can visit us at 749 Bloomfield Ave., Suite D, West Caldwell, NJ 07006.