Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can damage more than just a good night’s sleep. People who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing while asleep, which deprives their brain and body from oxygen and increases their risk for high blood pressure and heart failure. The fatigue that results from interrupted sleep affects, work, school and the ability to drive as well as causes complications with medications and surgical procedures. If you think you might have sleep apnea it is vital that you seek treatment immediately. Signs of sleep apnea include:
It is estimated that 18 million Americans suffer with sleep apnea and that 1 out of every 50 people go undiagnosed. People of any age or gender can have sleep apnea. Some contributing risk factors are:
There are two types of sleep apnea but the most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This type of sleep apnea is caused when your airway is blocked usually by soft tissue that collapses in the back of your throat during sleep. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a common and effective treatment for OSA, but many patients are unable to tolerate this treatment. Our dental devices help to open your airway to ensure proper breathing so you can get the quality night’s sleep your body needs.
Dr. John Cervenka, Dr. Shauna Gaumer Coen, Dr. Diana Gomez, Dr. Leah Ladley, and Dr. Yadiris Reiter make up our wonderful team of doctors at Southpark Dental Group. To find out more about treating your sleep apnea in Orlando, FL, and to schedule an appointment call our office today! We look forward to speaking with you.