Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
- You go to bed early, wake up at a reasonable hour, yet still don’t feel rejuvenated.
- A significant-other, or roommate, complains your snoring is relentless!
- You often wake with parched mouth, sore throat, and feeling head-achy.
If you fit any of these descriptions, instead of “Sleepless in Seattle” you may be “Sleep Apnea in Phoenix.”
Sleep Apnea Facts
While not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), some 20 million adults are affected by this condition. Other studies suggest another 10 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but haven’t been official diagnosed.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most widespread form of sleep apnea. Put simply, it means the flow of oxygen to your lungs is being significantly hindered. Breathing becomes shallow or even stops multitudes of times during sleep.
Such pauses can occur 20 or more times in a single hour for up to 20 seconds each time! Others may comment that you’ve given a “choking cough” or “loud snort” signalling your breathing has finally regulated itself. Is it any wonder you don’t feel refreshed when the alarm clock bleeps?
Sleep Apnea and Your Health
Future studies will no doubt provide even more information regarding the effects of oxygen deprivation due to sleep apnea, but here are some conditions already linked to the disorder.
- Heart Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Memory Loss
- Adult Asthma
- Weight Gain and Obesity
- Increased Likelihood of a Car Accident
If you experience symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, visiting a specialist like Dr. Wilson for a comprehensive exam and an accurate diagnosis can be a matter of life and death. An easy at-home “sleep study,” can be prescribed to monitor your nighttime sleep patterns. Following the review of the “sleep study,” Dr. Wilson will determine the best course of action in your care, depending on the degree of your sleep apnea—mild, moderate, or severe.
Various treatment methods are available including:
- Oral appliances
- C-PAP therapy
- Palatal procedures
- Nasal surgeries
- Corrective jaw surgery
When it comes to issues with sleep apnea, Phoenix residents can rest a whole lot easier knowing we’ve got you covered at The Maxillofacial Surgery Center.
Do you know of someone who snores like crazy? Do yourself and your loved one a favor by sharing this info with them.