Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea
Break the Cycle of Bad Sleep
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A good night’s sleep keeps us alert and able to function throughout our busy day.
But when refreshing rest becomes elusive and a constant struggle to achieve,
our health and the wellbeing of our bed partners and family can suffer.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow
or infrequent breathing during sleep.
Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last for several seconds to several minutes and
may occur five to 30 times or more in an hour.Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called
a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is classified as a dyssomnia, meaning an abnormal behavior or psychological event
that occurs during sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can sometimes be to blame. This troublesome condition affects more than
twelve million Americans and can breathing to stop hundreds of times each night.
Each time this occurs, there’s a lapse in oxygen being supplied to the brain causing patients to
temporarily wake up to restart proper breathing. Most patients don’t even remember this happens,
but wake up feeling fatigued on a regular basis.

Common sleep apnea signs include:
Loud snoring
Waking up with shortness of breath and headaches
Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
Extreme drowsiness
Insomnia and difficulty sleeping

While many think sleep apnea occurs only with heavy-set adults, this myth is false.
Sleep apnea can also be a problem for both children and adolescents.
Unfortunately, it can lead to a higher rate of attention-related issues such as
hyperactivity and attention disorders (ADHD/ADD), aggressiveness, problems focusing in school,
and emotional distress. We can help address and treat sleep apnea in young patients to ensure a healthy,
happy future.

There are a wide variety of sleep apnea treatments available, but how they’re used depends on the
complexities of an individual case. Common behavioral changes can suffice, but sometimes special appliance
by Somnodent or CPAP machines are necessary.
If you or someone in your family is plagued by sleep issues, talk to us about how we can help.
We depend on a sleep specialist for diagnoses; once confirmed, your Copley Dental doctors can provide a small,
effective inside the mouth appliance to correct the apnea problem.

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