Living with a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious condition that can impact all aspects of a person’s life. From your personal life to your health, sleep apnea can result in serious consequences and even death if left untreated. While it is the most common sleep disorder, affecting millions of Americans each year, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to various symptoms such as insomnia, choking, and snoring. OSA can be caused by a variety of factors such as obesity, sleeping positions, medication, and consumption of medication before bed.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects a person’s ability to breathe while sleeping and subsequently interferes with the ability to get a full night of rest. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is completely or partially blocked when sleeping which then cuts airflow to the lungs. In order to maintain normal breathing throughout the night, the brain wakes the body to kick start breathing once again. As a result, sufferers of sleep apnea will wake up momentarily throughout the night, affecting their ability to get enough sleep.
Causes & Symptoms
While the causes and symptoms of sleep apnea are clearly outlined, they can still result in a difficult diagnosis. This is due to their subtle signs which often go unnoticed by the person living with the sleep disorder. Symptoms such as fatigue, snoring, and lack of sleep can easily be brushed off as something else, resulting in a lack of treatment and late diagnosis that can put a strain on your overall health. Find out what causes sleep apnea and how to properly identify symptoms before they progress.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Regaining a better night’s rest starts with identifying the best treatment solution for your sleep apnea. At Melvin H. Pearson DDS, PC, we offer our valued patients a less invasive and effective approach in shape of a customized oral appliance therapy. The appliance is a mouthguard customized to fit the patient and worn inside the mouth. Explore how this oral appliance can help you get the rest your body needs and deserves.