Sleep Apnea Treatment Improves Your Sleep Quality - and Your Health

Monday, January 6th, 2014, 7:25 pm

Those living with sleep apnea may not realize just how much it may be affecting their health. A common disorder, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans and is the most common form of sleep disordered breathing.

Sleep apnea is characterized by chronic pauses in breathing or infrequent breathing during sleep. Very shallow breathing during sleep is also a form of sleep apnea. Many people are unaware of their breathing patterns as they sleep, unless their partners alert them of their sleep issues, such as loud snoring and exhibiting gaps between breathing, before abruptly breathing again or gasping for breath.

Often, people realize that they are suffering from sleep apnea based on symptoms that they exhibit during the day. These include difficulty staying asleep, daytime fatigue, sleepiness, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, experiencing morning headaches, depression, irritability, attention problems, difficulty concentrating and learning or memory difficulties.

If you suspect that you or your spouse may be suffering from sleep apnea, it’s vital that you seek treatment. Ignoring the symptoms or postponing getting help for them can influence areas of your health that seem unrelated to sleep quality. Sleep centers and medical schools have conducted hundreds of studies on sleep apnea, and research findings show that the disorder, if left untreated, leads to various other disorders and diseases.

Previous studies have shown that sleep apnea causes or is directly linked to high blood pressure, diabetes and major depressive disorder. Children with sleep apnea have been found to have a higher risk for behavioral, adaptive, and learning problems, while seniors with sleep apnea were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. Sleep apnea has also been tied to an increased risk of cancer, risk of stroke and even an increased risk of death.

The latest study found that sleep apnea treated with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device helped patients with hard-to-control high blood pressure to drop to normal nocturnal blood pressure patterns. The CPAP system consists of a mouthpiece mask connected to a tube and motor that gradually pushes air into the patient’s mouth and nose. By keeping the airway from closing, the CPAP allows the wearer to experience continuous, peaceful sleep.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about the continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device, or any other of the sleep apnea treatment options that the Wilbanks Smile Center offers, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Category: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), CPAP device, sleep apnea

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