What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
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Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the muscles and tissues around your throat continually relax and cause your airway to collapse while you sleep. When that airway is collapsed, the brain stops receiving the oxygen that it needs and unconsciously causes your body to wake up enough to return your mouth to its normal position. Sleep apnea patients can wake up every few minutes during the night without consciously realizing it.
Constant sleep interruptions can have a serious negative impact on your body’s ability to rest and rejuvenate. Patients with sleep apnea feel tired during the day and aren’t able to perform as well in their day to day tasks. Sleep apnea may also cause weight gain, mental confusion, sluggishness, high blood pressure, headaches, sexual frustration, heartburn, and other issues if left untreated.
Over forty percent of snorers suffer from some form of sleep apnea. If you snore and don’t feel like you are getting enough sleep, even when you go to bed for eight hours, this could be a sign that you have sleep apnea. Luckily, at Cary Family Dental, we can help.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Acton and his caring staff offer sleep disorder treatments for all of their patients in the Cary, Apex, and Morrisville NC areas. We will work with you to help you achieve a good night’s rest again. We know that one of the keys to great health is great sleep. Patients who receive sleep apnea treatment feel more healthy and energized. Well rested patients are able to deal with trials, stress, and emotions easier than patients who aren’t getting enough sleep.
If you think you or your loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, or a different sleep disorder, call us at our office today, and consult your dentist. We would be happy to discuss your sleep pattern with you and to schedule an appointment.