Understanding the Basics of Sleep Apnea

Many people disregard sleep apnea for a common case of snoring. However, this is not always true. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes your oxygen levels to drop while you sleep. Sleep apnea can be caused by either a blockage in the airway or the brain failing to send signals to your muscles that allow you to breath. As a result, when your body has low oxygen levels, this can cause dangerous health problems when left untreated throughout your body. Some of these problems include high blood pressure, weight gain, stroke, depression, irritability, and excessive daytime sleepiness. That is why it is essential to see if you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

There are many different signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. These include:

• Snoring
• Gasping for air as you sleep
• Choking sounds as you sleep
• Difficulty staying asleep
• Morning headaches

If you feel you have any of these symptoms please call your dentist today and schedule an appointment. Your dentist can help you discover the cause of your sleep apnea and assist you with treatment options. Depending on the severity of your condition will depend on the treatment your dentist will choose to provide. Some of these treatment options include various oral appliances while you sleep, continuous positive airway pressure therapy, and even surgery for some severe cases.

So, call us today and schedule an appointment at 541.497.7970. Let us help you get the treatment you deserve.