Rest Easy with Sleep Apnea Treatment from Your Richmond Dentist

Nov 20th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Sleep Apnea

Sleep ApneaDo you often feel overly tired or exhausted during the day? Do you experience other symptoms of sleep deprivation, including irritability, diminished mental prowess, and/or trouble keeping your eyes focused, even though you’ve gotten a full night’s sleep? You may be suffering from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, which can rob you of your restful sleep without you realizing it. Richmond dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu has experience treating patients with sleep apnea, and today he explains the disorder in hopes of raising awareness of its dangers.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is usually brought to the patient’s attention by his/her sleeping partner, who typically complains about the patient’s incessant snoring every night. While snoring can sometimes be humorous, it is not as funny when it is constant, and even less so when it is thunderous enough to cause alarm. The sounds of snoring are generated by air as it struggles to flow through your airway past soft throat and mouth tissue, which relax as you sleep. When these tissues relax enough to collapse onto one another, the air flow is severely restricted and the noise becomes greater. At times, the tissue can compress enough to completely halt airflow, which pauses your breathing. This occurs during an apnic episode (apnea means to stop breathing), and continues for up to 10 seconds before the body enters panic mode and wakes slightly to restart the breathing process. The wakefulness is slight and not usually noted by sleep apnea sufferers, but the episodes can repeat hundreds of times a night, preventing you from entering the deep sleep (REM sleep) that your mind and body require to rejuvenate.

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea

Fatigue and lack of sleep are the more immediate side effects of sleep apnea, but repeated sleep and oxygen deprivation can have resounding effects beyond your energy levels. When your brain does not receive enough oxygen, it can begin to exhibit troubling signs. One of the dangers of decreased oxygen to the brain is stroke, among many others, so treating sleep apnea as soon as possible can be as important to your physical health as it is to your sleep routine.  To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, or to learn how to treat your condition, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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