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Sleep apnea is a widespread epidemic. It is estimated that 80% of the population have a form of sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause serious health problems, including high blood pressure, liver problems, daytime fatigue, type 2 diabetes, and even death. People with obstructive sleep apnea may not be aware that their sleep was interrupted. In fact, some people with this type of sleep apnea think they sleep well all night.
The Cause of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and you can't get an adequate breath in. This may lower the level of oxygen in your blood.
Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don't remember it. You may make a snorting, choking or gasping sound. This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night long. These disruptions impair your ability to reach the desired deep, restful phases of sleep, and you'll probably feel sleepy during your waking hours.
The Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. But certain factors increase your risk of sleep apnea:
If you have any of these risk factors, you may be at increased risk for Sleep Apnea.
The Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
We are now able to treat Sleep Apnea simply and pain free. With a new appliance called OptiSleep we are able to create a custom mouthpiece to hold your jaw forward while you're sleeping.
We offer at home sleep studies, to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. If you are a candidate for a sleep appliance, we can bring you in for a short appointment to create a personalized appliance for you. To learn more about OptiSleep and how it may benefit you, please read more here.
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