The Importance of Sleep
Getting adequate sleep every night is an essential part of a healthy life. Sleep gives you the energy to take on the world every day, and while you are sleeping, your body body repairs itself, regrows tissues, and strengthens the immune system. When our bodies don’t get enough sleep, it not only makes you feel groggy, but the long-term effects can be very serious, too.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where your airflow is obstructed, causing you to snore loudly and jolt awake throughout the night, usually causing you to gasp for breath. Sleep apnea is typically caused by a relaxation of the soft tissues in the back of your throat, hindering normal airflow. These tissues can vibrate as air passes through and cause snoring and a lack of airflow to your lungs.
This obstruction of airflow can also trigger your brain to wake up to receive adequate oxygen. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea wake up many times throughout the night and lose the normal sleeping rhythm that is crucial for proper deep sleep. Every person goes through a natural sleep cycle that will be effected by constantly waking up. Your deep sleep cycle usually occurs 30 minutes after first falling asleep, and it is the point in your sleep where your body regrows tissues and repairs the immune system. With sleep apnea, you can wake up before reaching that important stage in your sleep cycle. This cycle of jolting awake and falling back asleep can happen hundreds of times a night. Most people have no memory of waking up, but they sure feel tired in the morning!Contact Us
Effects of Sleep Apnea
When our bodies don’t receive a good amount of sleep, the adverse effects can cause some serious health issues. Even if you are going to bed at a decent hour, sleep apnea will cause you to have sleep deprivation. The risks associated with sleep apnea are:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Increased ADHD
- Poor memory/confusion
Sleep Apnea Treatment
You may be thinking to yourself, “Ok, so what does sleep apnea have to do with my dentist?” Well, Dr. Orr can help your sleep apnea by fitting you with a special mouthpiece that opens the airway while you sleep. This technique is called oral appliance therapy and is backed by a great deal of scientific evidence showing that it is very successful. This special mouthpiece repositions the jaw and moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, which in turn reduces the chance of obstruction. You will be amazed at the amount of energy you will have after a solid night of sleep!
If you think that you or your significant other might be suffering from sleep apnea, or you are looking for a remedy to stop snoring, call Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry today.Schedule Appointment