What is sleep apnea?
Are you often accused of snoring loudly at night and keeping your partner awake? Do find it's difficult to focus on tasks due to chronic fatigue? Do you frequently feel exhausted even after a full night's sleep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a dangerous and potentially fatal sleep disorder that causes you to repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. In fact, you may stop breathing hundreds of times during your sleep without even realizing it. This occurs most often because of a blocked or constricted airway, and the lack of oxygen causes your brain to wake you up.
Even though you don't realize you're waking at night, your body does because it is not getting the rejuvenating sleep that it needs, which causes a whole host of issues. Sleep apnea can be debilitating for patients, and it can contribute to other health concerns such as:
- Heart failure
- Hormone imbalance
- High blood pressure
- Memory loss
- Frequent headaches or migraines
Dr. Farahani has advanced training in working with patients suffering from sleep apnea, and she can create a customized oral appliance that often eliminates the problem by repositioning the jaw during sleep to open airways for unobstructed breathing.
If you think that you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our dental office to learn more about how we can help.