It seems like everyone gripes about not getting enough sleep. More than a quarter of all Americans say they have some kind of sleeping problem, according to Consumer Reports – everything from snoring to trouble falling asleep to trouble staying asleep. As bad as all that is, though, sleep apnea is in a class by itself, but help is available at Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH.
Sleep apnea is actually more common than you might think. There are several types of sleep apnea, but what they have in common is that your breathing is interrupted while you sleep, over and over through the night.
That might not sound all that serious, in and of itself. But left untreated, sleep apnea contributes to some serious, potentially life-threatening conditions:
- Type 2 diabestes
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
There are some tell-tale signs that someone has sleep apnea. Loud snoring is often mentioned, and it is not to be downplayed, but snoring alone is not a symptom.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Common signs include:
- Loud snoring, accompanied by pauses in breathing. This can happen repeatedly through the night.
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up with a headache
- Waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
- Trouble concentrating on what you’re doing during the day
- Irritability and mood swings
Certain risk factors have also been identified, such as:
- Being overweight
- Drinking alcohol
- Sexual dysfunction
Sleep apnea occurs most often in adults, but even children can have it.
The bottom line is that sleep apnea is more common than we tend to think. Vitangeli Dental in Englwood OH offers sleep apnea treatment. We’ve helped patients from Clayton, Union, and Vandalla, who also come to our office for complete general dentistry. Please call us to schedule an appointment today!
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