What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Breathing Disorders in Marina Del Rey

Sleep is a time of dynamic healing and growth for the body’s immune, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Without the restful effects of sleep, the body and mind do not function at their optimal levels. People with sleep related breathing disorders fight for air every night, this reduces oxygen levels to the brain and affects the quality of their sleep.

 What is Sleep Apnea?Sleep Apnea Infographic showing blocked airway in throat

At least 11. 30 % of people with Sleep Apnea do NOT snore (just because you don’t snore, doesn’t mean you don’t have some kind of Sleep Disordered Breathing). However, most people with sleep apnea do snore.  For those people who snore but do not have apnea, the only harm done is to the relationship you have with your bed partner. Snoring is, however, considered a strong risk factor for a disorder that is very harmful called obstructive sleep apnea.  It can actually be easily measured and treated by an experienced dentist like SmileOn Dentistry.

What are the causes of it?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses, or if the tongue closes the airway during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can lead to High Blood Pressure, increased incidence of Stroke, Diabetes, Low Birthweight Babies and in children, bedwetting, Restless Leg Syndrome, ADD and ADHD.

As these statistics show, sleep apnea is not a problem to be taken lightly. The risks of mortality faced by those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are simply not worth it when you consider all the types of treatment available.

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