More than 20 million Americans have this condition. It can increase their risk of having heart attacks and strokes and being involved in car accidents.
And according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, about half of the people with sleep apnea are not aware that they have it. This is unfortunate because sleep apnea is a treatable condition.
You or someone you love may be able to get treated at our dentist office in Port Charlotte, FL. Sleep apnea treatment is one of the many services we offer at Dietrich Dental Services.
Today, we want to take a few moments to discuss sleep apnea and its symptoms. And if any of it sounds familiar, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment when you are finished reading.
Learn The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is considered a sleep disorder. It affects the quality of your sleep, and it can lead to real problems when you are awake, too.
Snoring may be the most common symptom of sleep apnea. This doesn’t mean that you have sleep apnea just because you snore. However, if you snore every night, and that snoring is constant and loud, then you should at least be tested.
Snoring can be as loud as a phone ringing or a vacuum cleaner running. It can disrupt anyone trying to sleep in the same hallway, the same room, or the same bed as you.
Snoring is more common — and louder — when your airways are restricted. In many cases of sleep apnea, this occurs when soft tissues collapse into your airways after you fall asleep.
This also can lead to breathing stoppages. This can happen as few as four to more than 30 times per hour while you are asleep.
Now try to imagine what your spouse or partner is experiencing. Your snoring is keeping him or her awake. Because of this, he or she also hear the love of his or her life stop breathing …
Then you wake up briefly, take a few breaths, and drift back to sleep. You start snoring again, and the cycle repeats over and over throughout the night.
With that in mind, please call 941-625-7877 to make an appointment with one of our dentists in Port Charlotte, FL, if you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms:
▪︎ Loud and constant snoring
▪︎ Frequent breathing stoppages in your sleep
▪︎ Waking up often feeling like you are gasping for breath
▪︎ Frequent daytime sleepiness
▪︎ Trouble staying focused on tasks
The Effects Of Sleep Apnea
We mentioned earlier that sleep apnea increases your risk of car accidents.
The reason for this is you are likely dealing with sleep deprivation. Healthy sleep involves both light and deep sleep. Unfortunately, each time your body wakes you up (to keep you breathing), it returns you a state of light sleep. If you are waking up every 15 minutes or more often, then you may never get the deep sleep that health experts believe is necessary.
That also explains why you may feel find yourself fighting the urge to sleep at work, while watching television, or behind the wheel of your car or truck. A recent study published in the journal Sleep found that people with untreated sleep apnea are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in car accidents than people who don’t have sleep apnea.
We don’t want you to be one of them. We want you to stay alert while you are driving.
And that is just one reason we hope you will visit Dietrich Dental Services if you suspect that you may have sleep apnea.
People with sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure and develop cardiovascular disease, too. That also explains the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes among people with sleep apnea.
How We Can Help With Your Sleep Apnea
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, please talk to one of our dentists in Port Charlotte, FL. They can help you arrange a test to determine whether you have this sleep disorder.
If you do, we want to help with your sleep apnea treatment. Our dentists can create a SomnoDent device just for you. Wearing this oral appliance while you sleep can shift the position of your jaw in a way that makes it easier for you to continue breathing throughout the night.
As you get used to wearing it, you should sleep deeper and snore less often. That could be good for you and your loved ones.
To schedule an appointment at Dietrich Dental Services, call 941-625-7877 or fill out our online form.