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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which your body repeatedly stops breathing while you are asleep. When this happens, you wake up with a start and resume breathing before you fall back asleep again. This continues all night and you will end up feeling groggy and tired each morning because you did not get a good night's sleep. While there is no cure for sleep apnea, there are various treatment procedures that one could opt-in for. If you want to learn more about how we can assist with sleep apnea, visit our office at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry so that you can get a good night's sleep and keep your body healthy. Each time you prevent your body from getting a good oxygen supply, you increase the risk of various health conditions.

Respiratory System

When you continuously stop the supply of oxygen to your body, you will start suffering from symptoms such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This condition leaves you breathless even if you walk up one flight of stairs. This could have adverse effects on your lungs.

Endocrine System

People who suffer from sleep apnea are at a higher risk of suffering from diabetes. This is because their body does not get proper rest and insulin is not produced effectively. It also results in high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and unexplained weight gain.

Digestive System

People who suffer from sleep apnea are at a higher risk of developing a fatty liver and have problems with digestion. They often suffer from acid reflux and heartburn as well.

Cardiovascular System

People who suffer from sleep apnea are often linked to obesity and high blood pressure. This causes them to have irregular heartbeats which could put them at the risk of a stroke, heart failure, or a cardiac arrest.

Nervous System

People who suffer from sleep apnea tend to have neurological problems like tingling and numbness in the body. This happens because oxygen supply is continuously cut off from their brain and this makes it difficult for the brain to function smoothly.

Reproductive System

People who suffer from sleep apnea may be unable to perform in the bedroom. Men who suffer from sleep apnea also usually suffer from erectile dysfunction and fertility issues which curb the ability to reproduce.

If you are wondering how we can help treat sleep apnea, then our professionals will help you understand how a night mouthguard can be effective. This mouthguard not only helps to clear the airway but prevents you from stopping your breath while asleep. This in turn helps you to sleep for longer durations without having to wake up every couple of hours feeling out of breath.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition and one should not take it lightly because it has adverse effects on your health, mentally and physically. When your body is not well-rested, not only will you be in an irritable and foul mood, but it also has a major impact on your overall health, and you tend to fall sick more often.

If you often wake up in the middle of the night feeling breathless there is no need to panic. Get in touch with Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry at 661-513-3919 so we can answer all of your questions.

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