March 16, 2016
Sleep apnea is a very common condition that’s easily treatable. However, many don’t recognize the signs of apnea, causing the condition to go untreated. When left untreated, apnea can easily lead to sleep deprivation and a number of other serious conditions. When you don’t undergo sleep apnea treatment, you’ll quickly find your quality of life begins to diminish as you no longer get a restful night’s sleep. At James Block Dentistry, we are here to help you restore your quality of life with treatment for apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Apnea is a condition that causes interruptions in breathing due to obstructions in the airway. When the airway becomes obstructed, you’ll stop breathing for up to 20 seconds at a time. Since these interruptions in breathing occur numerous times per night, the quality of sleep you receive begins to diminish.
In addition to chronic snoring, those with apnea often awaken at night due to choking and gasping. Not to mention, your REM cycle is impacted, so you often remain tired throughout the day while experiencing headaches. Plus, the lack of sleep can begin to cause other more serious complications on your health, such as an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
However, most begin to notice the symptoms of apnea as they start suffering throughout the day due to deprivation of sleep. When deprivation occurs, you’ll quickly notice a decline in your performance and ability to function.
Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation
Deprivation of sleep is most commonly seen is people who have an underlying disorder, such as apnea. When the body doesn’t receive adequate amounts of sleep, deprivation sets in, often causing:
- Decreased performance
- Decreased alertness
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Poor quality of life
- Increased risks for occupational injury
- Increased risks for automobile injury
- Mood swings and irritability
The long-term implications of deprivation can lead to serious and potentially deadly complications, including heart attack and stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart failure. Thankfully, the deprivation can easily be resolved with the proper treatment for apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treating apnea is simple with the use of a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is worn at night, which consists of a mask that’s placed over the mouth and nose. A light, steady stream of oxygen is delivered through the mask to help keep the airways open. As a result, there are fewer interruptions in breathing, allowing you to get a more restful night’s sleep.
In addition to improving your quality of sleep, you will successfully be treating apnea, lowering your risk for developing potentially serious complications. While many are hesitant to use a CPAP machine due to the misconception about discomfort, new advancements make the machines more comfortable to wear. Plus, they are now quieter so you’re able to doze off quickly.
At James Block Dentistry, we offer CPAP machines to help treat sleep apnea and the sleep deprivation that has resulted from the condition. We’ll help you regain your life by allowing you to safely sleep soundly at night. Call us today for a consultation.
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