Sleep apnea is a condition where one stops breathing while sleeping. The word apnea means ‘no breathing’, and sleep apnea refers to pauses in breathing that occur during sleep.
With each episode of apnea, blood oxygen levels are reduced and sleep is disturbed resulting in a brief. This condition has been linked with an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and even death. Snoring is one indication you may have sleep apnea; grinding your teeth is another. Sleep apnea may cause you to feel constantly tired due to a lack of continuous sleep.
A visit to your family doctor can help determine whether you are at risk for sleep apnea and the measures required to improve your sleep and prevent unwanted health complications.
If you are diagnosed having sleep apnea, come in to discuss alternative options to the CPAP machine. We offer innovative appliances to open your airway and allow you to get that good night's rest.