Does your spouse or significant other complain about your snoring? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? Do you have headaches in the morning? You might be suffering from sleep apnea and not even know it.
Definition of Sleep Apnea
When people suffer from sleep apnea, they experience short lapses in breathing while they are asleep. You stop breathing several times throughout the night, but you are unaware of it or the danger that it presents to you. In many cases, patients stop breathing more than 100 times throughout a sleep cycle. Your brain and body are not getting the oxygen they need to survive and work at their best.
Scientists have found two types of sleep apnea -- obstructive and central.
Like the name implies, with obstructive, the tongue blocks the airway. Soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and becomes a barrier to breath. It is the more common type of sleep apnea.
With central sleep apea, the brain fails to send the signal to breathe to the lungs. This is caused by instability in the respiratory control center.
WHAT PROBLEMS OCCUR WITH SLEEP APNEA?
When sleep apnea goes untreated, you could experience high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure or irregular heart beats, heart attacks, diabetes, depression, worsening attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and headaches. Sleep apnea causes you to be tired at work or school, often sleeping in the middle of the day. This would lead to poor performance. You might sleep at the wheel.
What Are the Treatments?
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Pat Crawford can help. Call now for a consultation, Pat Crawford DDS, 262-694-5191. At Pat Crawford DDS, we can fit you with a sleep apnea appliance that is worn in the mouth at night to help prevent airway blockages while you are sleeping. When you wear these appliances, you won’t snore.
These appliances are custom-fitted to your mouth. Your lower jaw moves slightly forward so your mouth can’t close properly. The end result is keeping your breath flowing properly.
Are You at risk For Sleep Apnea?
- Male older than 40
- Neck size greater than 17 inches for men or 16 inches for women
- Large tonsils
- Large tongue
- Small jaw bone
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Deviated septum
- Sinus problems