Always Tired? Maybe It’s Sleep Apnea

Did you know that people suffering from the sleep breathing disorder known as sleep apnea are three times as likely to die in a car accident? Mike, a former sleep apnea sufferer in Cleveland, didn’t -- until he learned that he had been unknowingly suffering from the condition for years. He did some quick research and realized he needed to find a solution sooner, rather than later. He knew his life depended on it.

Unfortunately, too many people are dealing with chronic snoring and poor sleep without realizing there’s a chronic, treatable condition to blame. Sleep apnea sufferers like Mike can have their sleep interrupted hundreds of times per night -- and all that lost sleep really adds up over time. The condition has been linked to heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and even premature death.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth become so relaxed during sleep that they partially or completely block the free flow of air through the throat. It’s the most common form of sleep apnea, affecting some 18 million people like Mike.

But it actually wasn’t Mike who noticed his condition. As is usually the case, it was his wife who noticed his loud, chronic snoring and fitful sleep. Because the sufferer may not fully wake up to resume oxygen flow, they often don’t remember a night tossing, turning, and jerking awake. Mike just knew he didn’t feel refreshed even after what should have been a full eight hours of sleep -- but his wife knew he needed professional help for a potential sleep breathing disorder.

What did Mike once he realized there might be an answer to his daytime fatigue and confusion? He scheduled an appointment with his general practitioner, who recommended he visit a sleep clinic. Mike had several of the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea, as the condition is most commonly found in overweight men past the age of 55. Other risk factors for the sleep breathing disorder include smoking, alcohol use (especially combined with tobacco), medications treating anxiety or poor sleep, among others.

Mike scheduled an appointment at the sleep clinic right away. Here, he was hooked up to monitors while he slept in a comfortable room. After the test was complete, he received the diagnosis that he was, in fact, dealing with obstructive sleep apnea -- and that was what was causing his disruptive snoring. It was actually great news for him and his wife. Soon, they both found relief and a quiet night’s refreshing sleep with a removable oral device.

Do you suspect that you or a loved one are suffering from the common sleep breathing disorder known as sleep apnea? If so, don’t hesitate to find a solution. Contact The Center for Advanced Dentistry to discuss how you can find the solution you and your loved ones deserve today.

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