Don’t Underestimate The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
How much do you really know about sleep apnea? Do you think it’s just snoring or occasionally waking up gasping for air? Those are a few signs, but unfortunately it’s not the only sign. Our Millburn NJ dental office has spent years studying the effects of sleep apnea and we know it’s far more serious than you might think. It’s been linked to serious medical problems and can even be fatal.
Have we got your attention now? It’s hard to believe that an oral health problem could be fatal, but that’s the case for sleep apnea. Today we want to highlight a few things about sleep apnea you probably don’t know. You can call us today at (973) 845-4068 to schedule your FREE consultation.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs whenever you experience pauses in breathing while you sleep. Most people with sleep apnea snore loudly, but you can have sleep apnea and not snore at all. There are two forms of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common and occurring whenever soft tissue block the airway during sleep. People with severe a sleep apnea will experience anywhere from 20 to 30 pauses in breathing an hour. That means someone with sleep apnea will experience dozens of pauses in breathing a night. With each of these episodes, your blood pressure will rise and your body goes into distress to make sure your vitals organs are receiving proper blood flow. When that happens multiple times a night, your body responds in a negative way.
Risks of Sleep Apnea
Anyone is at risk of sleep apnea, though men 40 and older face the higher risk. If you are overweight or have a larger neck size (18 inches in men and 17 inches in women) you are at a higher risk of sleep apnea. Often it’s the bed partners who alerts someone that they have sleep apnea. The problem not only affects you, but the people around you. If you’re having problems sleeping, you shouldn’t ignore these issues. People with sleep apnea face an elevated risk of problems like:
- Stroke (three times more likely)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Mood swings
As you can see, having sleep apnea takes a toll on your body and mind. Having sleep apnea means you can sleep for eight hours or longer AND still wake up feeling exhausted. It’s difficult to live a normal life whenever you’re constantly tired. That’s why Millburn Dental Arts is working with sleep apnea sufferers to provide solutions that are comfortable and effective.
Treating Sleep Apnea and Giving You Much-Needed Relief
Sleep apnea is often synonymous with two things: snoring and CPAP. You learned above that snoring isn’t the only symptom of sleep apnea, and now CPAP is not the only way to treat sleep apnea. The CPAP has gotten a bad reputation over the years, even though it is a great way to treat sleep apnea. The CPAP is so unpopular because it has a machine, hose, and mask and patients find the treatment a little uncomfortable. We’ve also heard from patients who said the CPAP interrupted their bed partners as well. And there have been studies that show sleep apnea sufferers with a CPAP only wear the device about 50 percent of the time. That’s a troubling find because you have to wear the device for it to work properly.
So, now you don’t have to only rely on the CPAP to treat your sleep apnea. At Millburn Dental Arts, we’re using an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea issues. The appliance is ideal for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea because it works by pushing the lower jaw forward to ensure that the airway stays open while you sleep. Our patients who wear this device say it doesn’t interrupt their sleep, eliminates their snoring, and perhaps best of all, doesn’t disrupt their bed partner.
If you’re struggling with sleep apnea or sleep issues, don’t wait around to correct this problem. You might be in the middle of an overall health crisis. You can start with us for a FREE consultation. We’ll assess your problem or even set up a thorough sleep study that will diagnose your problem. Give us a call today at (973) 845-4068 to schedule your first appointment.