At Jones Dental, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with deficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.
You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”
The reluctance to request treatment is lamentable because it negatively impacts on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life harder for that person, as well.
Protect Your Health
For some strange reason, many men and women don’t consider sleep apnea a grave issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more vital than that. And dissatisfactory sleep can cause a multitude of serious health troubles. It also impacts performance in every facet of life; work, recreation, and social settings.
Sleep apnea is a condition where you have frequent, intermittent delays in breathing while you sleep. These delays can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and obstructs the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it hinders vital biological processes.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles relax and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.
Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
Both of the previous conditions are present in this type. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Abrupt awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person observing the behavior)
Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
Inability to concentrate during the day
Awakening with a headache
If you experience any of these symptoms, we invite you to discuss it with Doctor Jones. Call 555.555.5555 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.
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