Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, increases your heart rate, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing.

If you or someone you love is suffering the effects of an obstructed airway during sleep, your risk of developing potentially serious health conditions is increased.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, increases your heart rate, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing.

Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many feel like they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

At Drew Dental we screen every patient who wants to join our dental family.

Normal Breathing

During sleep you should mainly breathe through your nose. This allows the air to be of better quality and you will actually get more oxygen, which can lead to a better and more restful night’s sleep.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is the sign of a breathing problem. It occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back or the throat causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the smaller opening. This creates sound vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Snoring can seriously affect your quality of life. It can be embarrassing and inconvenient, and can cause problems in relationships. In some cases, snoring is a red flag for a more serious medical problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is when the airway is completely blocked and air is unable to flow through the airway. This is also known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The obstruction may occur from the area of the soft palate to below the base of the tongue, causing one to awaken during the night with coughing or a gasping sound, attempting to restore breathing

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

There are three categories of sleep apnea:

1. The most common is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat.

2. Less common is central sleep apnea (CSA), in which breathing stops because the muscles involved don’t receive the proper signal from the brain.

3. Some people suffer from “mixed” or “complex” sleep apnea, which is a combination of obstructive and central.

4. UARS- Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome. This condition lies midway between benign snoring and true Obstructive Sleep Apnea. People with UARS suffer many of the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea but sleep testing results lack evidence demonstrating true apneas or oxygen desaturation. Call us today and we can help you have better sleep if you are suffering from upper airway resistance syndrome, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea and are CPAP intolerant.

Is sleep apnea dangerous?

When sleep apnea is not managed early, the lack of healthy rest can cause a massive variety of serious problems and diseases. These long-term symptoms range from strokes and heart attack to high blood pressure and depression. By catching sleep apnea early and beginning treatment, you can avoid the long-term problems associated with the disorder.

The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea can lead to problems at work or school, as well as danger when driving. Sleep apnea can cause complications with medication or surgery; sedation by anesthesia can be risky, as can lying flat in bed after an operation. If you know or suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, let your family doctor know before taking prescribed medication or having surgery.

Sleep Apnea
Consultation

Drs Allyson and Jason Drew feel so strongly that knowledge and action can improve and save lives that they are offering a individual 30 minute consultation on sleep breathing disorders. Whether it’s loud snoring or other sleep apnea symptoms, make sure you are not at risk for this very treatable, potentially life threatening condition. Learn more about sleep apnea and get all of your questions answered. We have a limited number of consultation times available, so schedule yours as soon as possible.

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