Nobody likes interrupted sleep. It’s uncomfortable for both you and your partner. In addition to your tossing, turning, and snoring, interrupted sleep leads to more pressing issues. If you struggle with sleep apnea, it might be time to see your dentist.
Fortunately, apnea treatments can help. By seeing Dr. Strober in Rancho Mirage, your sleep apnea and its associated risks could improve.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is the condition of interrupted breathing during the night. When your breathing stops, your brain awakens slightly in order to resume your breathing. Even if you don’t notice, this may happen up to hundreds of times each night. When you wake up, your body will feel like you didn’t sleep. Since you never reached the deeper levels of sleep, your brain and your body will lack restoration.
We know that sleep apnea causes lackluster and exhaustion. How could it not? In addition to your brain’s response, apnea brings more serious issues. These include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Dr. Strober’s modern approach to treating sleep apnea relieves these symptoms.
Problems Associated with Sleep Apnea
The added stress of waking up from interrupted sleep often causes other problems to your health. For example, Sleep apnea constricts the blood flow to your arteries and brain since your oxygen levels deplete. For these reasons, sleep apnea causes an increased risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, dementia, car accidents, depression, and anxiety.
People with sleep apnea are more likely to have heart attacks from the increased rate of heart disease. Whether caused by low oxygen or stress, the condition also correlates with strokes and atrial fibrillation (a fast, fluttering heartbeat).
When you wake up often during the night, your body stresses. Your hormone systems try to overcompensate, boosting your blood pressure. When you don’t breathe well, the amount of oxygen in your blood drops. These two things together will give you high blood pressure (hypertension).
Though there isn’t any solid evidence that sleep apnea leads to diabetes, sleep apnea does keep your body from using insulin properly which can then lead to diabetes. Since obesity raises a person’s risk for both disorders, dentists often associate both with sleep apnea.
Treating Sleep Apnea
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. However, many people find this option difficult to stick with. At Country Club Dentistry, we offer oral appliance therapy, which is easy to use and maintain. Fortunately, oral appliance therapy is just as effective as CPAP.
Get Help to Stop Snoring in Rancho Mirage
Dr. Strober, a cosmetic dentistry expert in Rancho Mirage, knows the symptoms and treatment for sleep apnea. We offer oral appliance therapy as a comfortable and effective treatment option. If you need help, give us a call at (760) 832-7915 or contact us online.