July 21, 2017
When you sleep, chances are you make at least some noise. Most people do, Many even snore a bit from time to time, so that’s probably not something to worry about. But it is a problem when you snore loudly most of that time because that is a sign you have sleep apnea — and that’s a lot worse than just snoring.
Call our Fairfax, VA dental office today at 703-552-2530 to make your next appointment for sleep apnea treatment. Our Fairfax dentist can give you a special oral appliance that can help you sleep through the night and avoid the health risks that come with sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Explained
There are a few different kinds of sleep apnea, but by far, the most common is called obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s what happens when you have this condition:
- When you fall asleep, your muscles start to relax.
- Unfortunately, the muscles in your throat relax too much. Their weight begins to press down on your airway.
- As your airway narrows, you still try to breathe the same amount of air. Forcing that through the narrow airway makes you snore loudly.
- Eventually, your airway closes completely and you cannot breathe.
- Your body panics, which causes those throat muscles to tense up and clear your airway.
- Because you can breathe again, you don’t truly wake up. You fall back asleep that fast.
Unfortunately, this cycle continues over and over again for most of the night, leaving you with a night of restlessness. Some people with sleep apnea go through this sleep-choke-wake-sleep cycle over 200 times in one night.
Hidden Dangers Of Untreated Sleep Apnea
If you have sleep apnea, you’re not just missing out on a night of sleep. Most of us can recover from that. Instead, you end up missing out on sleep most nights. That can lead to some health problems and risks. Here are four of the more common ones related to sleep apnea.
DEPRESSION AND IRRITABILITY
Anyone can get a bit cranky when they didn’t get any sleep the night before. But with sleep apnea, you’re hardly ever getting the right amount of sleep. This leaves you sleep deprived, which can easily make you irritable.
Worse, that irritability can turn into chronic depression given enough time. That’s why you need to call our Fairfax dentist for sleep apnea treatment. You need a good night’s rest before things get bad.
There’s a good reason why it’s illegal in most places to text and drive. When you’re attention is not on the road, you are much more likely to get into car accidents that can hurt you and others. But when you’re always exhausted thanks to sleep apnea, it’s like you cannot focus when driving. You can even start to fall asleep behind the wheel.
By calling Dr. Laura Ki today, you can make an appointment for sleep apnea treatment. An oral appliance can help you get enough sleep so you won’t be at a higher risk of car accidents.
When your sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing so many times in one night, you are not getting the oxygen your body needs. You’re still getting some, of course, just not enough. That means your heart will start working much harder, trying to pump what oxygen you have throughout your body.
All this extra work happens when your heart should be resting. That means you’re at a higher risk of heart disease — which is why you need to call our Fairfax, VA dental office for sleep apnea treatment.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
That racing heart creates another problem thanks to sleep apnea. By pumping harder, your heart is putting extra pressure on your blood vessels when they should be resting too. This increases your blood pressure and can lead to problems with hypertension.
Call us TODAY at 703-552-2530 and make an appointment with Dr. Laura Ki. You can also request an appointment online with our Fairfax dentist. With the help of a simple and comfortable oral appliance, you can finally get the sleep your mind and body need.