Those that suffer from snoring and sleep apnea may benefit from a visit to their dentist.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects over 20 million adults in the United States. It occurs when the relaxation of muscles in the throat during sleep cause blockages to the airway. All muscles relax while we sleep, but in the case of sleep apnea, the relaxation of the muscles and tissue in the throat causes actual blockages to the airway, resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain. During a sleep apnea episode, the brain will attempt to wake the body up to correct the blockage. The person will wake up gasping or choking for air. During the course of the night, a person with sleep apnea may awaken anywhere from 5 to over 30 times. While the person with sleep apnea may not remember these episodes in the morning, they are affecting the person by causing drowsiness throughout the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to other more serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Read the rest of this entry »