Many people don’t know much about sleep apnea — but the same condition affects some 18 million Americans, according to conservative estimates. This condition robs you of the sleep you need to function every day, and when left untreated, the effects of sleep apnea are serious… and possibly fatal.
Despite what you may have heard, it’s not only people who are overweight or obese who are at risk of this exhausting condition, either. But there is good news in the fact that your dentist can help with treatment for sleep apnea in Los Gatos. Keep reading to find out how.
Serious Effects of Sleep Apnea
Your body needs plenty of sleep every night to rest from the previous day and recharge for the one ahead. Without the full 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly, you will feel groggy and irritable the next day — and your bodily systems will be just as stressed as before you went to sleep.
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the soft oral tissues partially or fully constrict the proper flow of air through the throat during sleep. Desperate for oxygen, your brain sends out an emergency signal to wake the body up. This constant resting/waking cycle means you never fall into a deep sleep, and your organs stay at an elevated state of activity throughout the night.
The toll of sleep apnea is especially significant on heart health. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and heart attack. In the most severe cases, obstructive sleep apnea has resulted in premature death.
Consider, too, the far-reaching effects of chronic poor sleep. It’s difficult to approach life with the energy you would like to when you’re constantly fatigued as a result of sleep apnea. And, with recent reports out saying that sleepy drivers pose as much of a threat than those who have had too much to drink, your chronic tiredness could be putting others at risk, too.
Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment
Fortunately, you can find a solution for your sleep apnea. Your dentist in Los Gatos provides comprehensive care, and that includes treatment for this sleep breathing disorder.
CPAP and oral appliance therapy work by keeping the airway clear throughout the night, preventing the waking/sleeping cycle that is so damaging to overall health. You may find an effective solution with CPAP alone, or you may prefer instead oral appliance therapy. Some patients use both for maximum effectiveness. Whichever solution is best for you, you will feel confident knowing you are partnering with the best when you visit Los Gatos Dental Group!
About the Practice
Los Gatos Dental Group offers comprehensive dental care, including sleep dentistry, from the comfort of a state-of-the-art office. To learn more about their services or to schedule an appointment to discuss sleep apnea treatment, you are invited to contact the office at 408-402-0900.