Sleep apnea is a common form of sleep-disordered breathing that can cause snoring, waking multiple times during the night, halting breathing, and other related and more serious issues. Untreated sleep apnea leads to many serious issues, including cardiovascular disease and sleep deprivation. However, we do have very effective treatments that can treat sleep apnea and greatly reduce the likelihood of further complications.
While it is primarily a sleeping condition, sleep apnea also affects your body in other ways. Sleep is your body’s way of restoring itself after the work and wear of the day. As your brain works throughout the day it produces waste materials that your body cleans out during sleep. Sleep apnea disrupts that cleaning by constantly interrupting your sleep.
Another effect of interrupted sleep is sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation causes many more issues than you might imagine, amounting to over a hundred billion dollars in losses from production, vehicles crashes, workplace accidents, and increased healthcare costs. In addition, social and family life is negatively affected, and sleep deprivation increases the likelihood of divorce and other familial issues.
With all of these problems caused by sleep apnea and other sleep-related issues, it’s imperative to get appropriate treatment. CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machines are the most common and effective sleep apnea treatments. A mandibular advancement appliance can also be used to open the airway. In addition, surgical options are available for more serious cases.
Sylvan S. Stern, DDS offers a free pulse-oximeter recording and report for free, with no obligation. A Pulse-oximeter measures both your heart rate and blood oxygenation while you are sleeping to determine if you have sleep apnea. Contact us in Southfield, Michigan, for a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Sylvan Stern.