|Sleep apnea is caused when your airway becomes obstructed or narrowed when you sleep. This occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and collapse on your airway. In order to resume breathing, your brain briefly rouses you from sleep. This can occur hundreds of times a night without you even realizing it.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to several serious health issues, including:
• High blood pressure
• Heart attack
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?The most common and easily noticeable symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring. However, other common symptoms include:
• Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Memory issues
• Concentration issues
• Decreased sex drive
Are There Changes I can Make to My Lifestyle to Reduce Sleep Apnea?If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, ceasing these activities can often help alleviate your sleep apnea. Additionally, regular exercise and a proper diet can have a tremendous effect on the quality of your sleep. For some people, changing your sleep position so that you are lying on your side may help prevent a blockage of the airway.
What are the Treatments for Sleep Apnea?There are a number of sleep apnea treatments. At Cooley Smiles, we recommend oral appliance therapy with most of our sleep apnea patients. Over the years, we have found that the Snore Guard® overnight mouthpiece is most beneficial to our patients.
Bellvue Sleep Apnea CuresIf you are suffering from sleep apnea in or around Seattle or Bellevue, Washington, please contact the experienced apnea dentists at Cooley Smiles today to schedule your initial sleep apnea evaluation.