Sleep Apnea TreatmentIf you or someone you love suffers from chronic snoring, you know that it can be a real nuisance. What can be more serious, though, is that snoring is also a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that disrupts normal sleep patterns and poses a serious risk to your overall health or the health of someone you love. During sleep, the muscles in the mouth, jaw, and throat naturally relax; however, for the millions of Americans with obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles become so relaxed that they collapse and obstruct the airway, making it difficult to breathe. The decreased flow of oxygen caused by sleep apnea usually results in sudden, repeated awakenings throughout the night and a poor quality of sleep. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Loud Snoring
- Gasping or Choking for Air During Sleep
- Severe Daytime Drowsiness or Fatigue
- Morning Headaches (From blood pressure or from jaw clenching)
- Chronic heartburn
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, sleep apnea could be to blame. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and uncontrolled diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment with general dentistry are crucial for your overall health and well-being. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cherian today so he can help you find relief!