Sleep apnea is an interesting disorder, to say the least. There’s a lot to understand, and your Wilmington dentist is here to share everything you need to know about what it can to do your oral and overall health, the most common symptoms, and why it’s important to treat sleep apnea in a smart, personalized way.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea gets its name from a Greek word meaning “want of breath.” Each night, as many as 18 million Americans are feeling out of breath while they’re sleeping, and most may not even realize it. This common and disruptive sleep disorder causes you to briefly and repeatedly stop breathing while sleeping. Breathing tends to pause for at least ten seconds or longer. If the muscles in the back of your throat don’t keep your airway open, even though you’re trying to breathe, you’re experiencing sleep apnea. This common disorder doesn’t discriminate, occurring in males and females of all ages and races.
What are the Most Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
Snoring is the biggest indicator that sleep apnea is keeping you up at night. If you’re keeping yourself or your bed partner up at night because of loud, chronic snoring, you should be evaluated like a trained health professional like Dr. Rosen. Other sleep apnea related symptoms can include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Learning or memory problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you find yourself constantly struggling with one or more of the symptoms we’ve talked about above, there’s a good reason to talk to Dr. Michael T. Rosen about sleep apnea. So many patients simply deal with annoying side effects such as:
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat every day
- Snoring so loud no one wants to sleep next to you
- Feeling like you could fall asleep behind the wheel
- Waking up all the time or the inability to stay asleep
The best way to find out if sleep apnea is keeping you up at night is to see a doctor who’s trained to identify and treat this debilitating disorder.
What Happens if Sleep Apnea Goes Untreated?
Sleep apnea occurs more frequently in men than women, particularly among African-Americans and Hispanics. No matter your gender, age, or race, sleep apnea is not something you want to leave untreated. It’s excessive daytime sleepiness and disruptive sleep cycles can lead to life-threatening:
- Heart issues
- Automobile accidents
- Liver disease
- Metabolic syndrome
Why wait to get the help you need and deserve? Talk to Dr. Michael T. Rosen today.