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Sleep apnea prevents rejuvenating rest

Sleep apnea is a serious affliction that affects one in every four individuals. You could be one of them. But before you can tell, we should tell you more about what sleep apnea is. 

Sleep apnea comes in three forms:

Central – the brain doesn’t tell the body to breathe.

Obstructive – the most common form of sleep apnea, where soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax into the airway and restrict airflow.

Mixed – a combination of central and obstructive.

Although they occur differently, all three do limit oxygen intake, lowering blood-oxygen levels, and cause the brain to wake you up to breathe. These frequent interruptions in sleep can cause fatigue, inability to focus, memory loss, irritability, acid reflux, high blood pressure, stroke, headaches, weight gain, and impotency.

If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, we can help. There are a variety of treatment options available, which can be chosen depending on your type of sleep apnea and your comfort level. The gold standard for obstructive sleep apnea treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which uses positive pressure to hold the airway open, preventing the relaxation that restricts airflow. There are also oral appliances that can reposition your jaw to maintain an open airway.

Sleep apnea is a serious affliction that can cause a wide variety of other issues. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please give us a call. We want to help.


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