WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
In addition, snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Sleep apnea is characterized by the cessation of breathing for up to 10 seconds multiple times per night. Sleep apnea sufferers are awakened over and over as their brains, suffering from lack of oxygen, tell them to breathe. Because of this, patients with sleep apnea wake up in the morning feeling tired, irritable, and often suffering from headaches and sore throats. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that carries serious health risks including an increased possibility of heart attack, stroke, memory loss, and even premature death. Sleep apnea is also linked to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, adult asthma, and acid reflux.
RISKS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION
In addition to the health risks directly associated with sleep apnea, being sleep deprived can create additional complications including daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability. Children and adolescents with sleep apnea may perform poorly in school or have behavior issues. Adults with sleep apnea are up to five times more likely to be involved in automobile accidents.
SNORE GUARDS FOR BETTER HEALTH
At Dailey Dental offer snore guards to help you get the sleep you need to feel rested and protect your health. A snore guard is a comfortable, custom-fit oral appliance that helps prevent snoring. Snore guards work by positioning the jaw slightly forward, which helps open up airways and allow you to breath more easily. If you or your partner snores, it’s time to contact Dailey Dental for your sleep apnea consultation today.