Snoring, beyond being embarrassing and disruptive, may signal a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Luckily, Michael Negru, DDS, at Bright Smile Dental Care in Beaverton, Oregon, treats sleep apnea. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it’s imperative to seek immediate treatment. Call Bright Smile Dental Care or book an appointment online today.
If you’re trying to sleep, but your upper airway repeatedly gets blocked, that’s sleep apnea. It’s a dangerous condition because it reduces, or even shuts off, your oxygen flow while you sleep.
When this happens, your brain has to signal your body to resume breathing. These signals may occur hundreds of times per night without you realizing it, disturbing your body’s natural sleep cycles.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing more serious medical problems, including:
Sleep apnea is extremely common. The National Institutes of Health estimates about 12 million Americans endure sleep apnea.
The disorder affects people of all ages, even children. Factors that may increase your risk of developing sleep apnea include:
The most common warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
First, Dr. Negru performs a thorough sleep evaluation to diagnose your sleep apnea and determine its severity.
Minor lifestyle changes like losing weight or cutting back on alcohol consumption can lessen mild cases of sleep apnea. Changing your sleeping position may also help.
If your condition is serious, Dr. Negru may recommend a sleep apnea treatment such as DNA appliance therapy or a SomnoMed® sleep appliance.
Sleep apnea is a potentially severe medical condition that requires immediate attention, but treatment options are available. If you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, call Bright Smile Dental Care or book an initial consultation online today.