June 23, 2017
Have you found you and your partner are having more arguments than normal? Could you say that both of you are being irritable—possibly from a lack of consistent, healthy sleep? Your significant other can’t get any sleep because of your constant snoring and restlessness. You’ve been feeling drained the minute you wake up. It’s a horrible combination for your relationship and the overall quality of your lives. Did you have any clue that these problems could be from a sleeping disorder? Now would be the perfect time to get to know your sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Henry A. Campbell. With extensive experience sleep way obstruction, sleeping disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea, he can recommend the best therapy for sleep apnea in Carrollton: custom oral appliances.
Sleep Apnea: A Threat to Your Health
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea—a potentially deadly sleeping disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type) is a condition that causes your airway to become either fully or partially blocked while you’re sleeping, which you have pauses in breathing or very shallow breaths while you sleep.
The lack of oxygen makes your brain suddenly send emergency signals, forcing your body to jolt awake just long enough to clear your airway. Most patients hardly remember waking up, but this not only interrupts your critical sleep cycle, but it also creates these health complications:
- Severe morning headaches
- Difficulties focusing
- Memory issues
- Fatigue and daytime exhaustion
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The irregular breathing patterns that sleep apnea causes can stop and start anywhere from 20 to 30 times in just one hour. When you start breathing again, you will normally start with a loud snort or choking sound. The biggest risk factors associated with sleep apnea are breathing cessation (interruptions) and the sleep deprivation that follows that disruption. You may experience these symptoms if you’re dealing with any form of sleep apnea:
- Frequent waking throughout the night
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Difficulty focusing, especially at work or while driving
- Dry mouth or a sore throat
- Exhaustion, irritability, and/or depression
Sleep deprivation takes a huge toll on the overall quality of your life. You are constantly tired and most likely cranky because your body is lacking rest that it critically needs to refresh itself. The toll that irregular sleep takes becomes evident quickly, making the simplest tasks difficult to focus on. Your increased irritability will eventually affect your relationships with the loved ones around you.
The Importance of Seeking Help for Sleep Apnea
Did you know that a custom oral appliance from your dentist in Carrollton could potentially save your life? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that untreated sleep apnea patients are just about two and a half times more likely to cause a car accident. How else could sleep apnea be affecting your health?
- Your heart and blood vessels work much harder during your pauses in breathing.
- Sleep apnea patients are at higher risk for high blood pressure.
- You become at risk for heart disease.
- There’s a higher chance of you having a stroke.
Many patients find relief from their sleep apnea symptoms by simply wearing a custom oral appliance created by Dr. Campbell. The oral appliance gently and comfortably shifts your jaw slightly forward, clearing your airway. Oral appliances are perfect for traveling as well because they’re so small and convenient to take with you.
If you think you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, contact our office right away! We want to help all our patients find relief from their unnatural sleeping patterns. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
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