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23Jan2014

Don’t Ignore Sleep Apnea Symptoms

ARE YOU GETTING THE SLEEP you need? Restless nights are unpleasant, but we usually put them behind us and move on with business as usual. But for many people, every night is a struggle for sleep.

Do You Experience These Symptoms?

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking throughout the night, sometimes gasping for breath
  • Waking up NOT feeling refreshed
  • Waking with a sore or dry throat
  • Morning headaches

Often, your sleep partner will be the first to notice long pauses in your breathing while you sleep. If you’re seeing these signs, DON’T ignore them.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing throughout the night. The muscles in your throat relax and collapse, obstructing your airway. When this happens your brain is shocked awake to fix the problem. You’re actually choking yourself awake, often hundreds of times throughout the night.

Long-Term Side Effects Of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can put a lot of strain on your body. First, your body keeps releasing stress hormones to wake you up and prevent suffocation. And, you’re missing out on your body’s best way of coping with stress—a good night’s sleep.

Sleep apnea increases your risk of:

  • Memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Heart problems like hypertension and heart attack
  • Stroke

How Do You Get Started?

Identifying and treating sleep apnea is important to us, because we see the huge difference it makes in our patients’ lives.

Sometimes excess weight can decrease your airway. Losing weight may be the first thing you do to eliminate sleep apnea. However, when sleep apnea is caused by obstruction from your tongue due to jaw position, orthodontic appliances may help you breathe better at night. These appliances reposition your lower jaw more forward to increase the opening of your airway.

If your ENT specialist recommends an orthodontic appliance, DeSimone Orthodontics can help. You can see improvement overnight!

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, don’t ignore it! Contact us for an initial consultation and we’ll help you figure out the next step to having a better night’s sleep.

Thanks for your trust in our team!

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