What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when a person stops breathing for short periods of time while sleeping. This is a respiratory condition that affects breathing, which means oxygen levels are also affected.

Each time a person stops breathing, that pause is referred to as an “apnea.” A patient may have as few as 5 or as many as 100 apneas every night! Apneas interrupt your sleep cycle and make you feel fatigued during the day. This sleep disorder can cause other complications as well.

Sleep Apnea is Common

Some 48 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. Many different people of all ages and genders deal with sleep apnea on a daily basis. Obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the muscles of the throat are too relaxed, is the most common diagnosis.

Together with your primary doctor or your sleep physician, Dr Ana Cluff can help you get the sleep you need as soon as possible.

Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea might not seem like a serious problem, but sleep issues often have negative effects on your health. Losing good quality sleep can negatively affect you in many ways:

  • Stroke.
  • Type II diabetes.
  • Memory loss.
  • Obesity.
  • Fatty liver disease.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Impotency (sexual dysfunctions).
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Loud snoring.
  • Nocturia (night time urination).
  • And more.

If you’re losing sleep, you’re also going to be tired all day, which can make work and school difficult. We want you to enjoy life! Our dental team can help you get your energy back.

Call Us Today!

Do you have any questions about sleep apnea? Are you looking for an alternative to a CPAP machine? Call us today to schedule an appointment! We are excited to help you get a good night’s sleep!