Even though sleep apnea is one of the many health conditions that often goes undiagnosed and untreated for years, patients are rarely aware of the true risks of the condition until they are brought to the light or experienced first hand. Sleep apnea causes a patient to stop breathing while sleeping, usually hundreds of times each night, and each cessation in breathing can last for up to 30 seconds, sometimes longer. While it may not seem like much, the fact is that is a few minutes each night that your body is going without oxygen. Every part of the body requires oxygen to function properly, especially the organs. Without it blood wouldn’t be able to flow through our bodies.
At the same time sleep apnea also causes all sorts of other conditions including moodiness, possible depression, and of course, sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a very common condition that many adults suffer from. Nearly 43% of adults say that they suffer from sleep deprivation and an even higher number say that they are unable to fall asleep easily. Because sleep apnea causes a patient to stop breathing at night, it is safe to assume that sleep deprivation will occur, as the brain and body are not able to follow a normal sleeping pattern. Also patients with sleep apnea are prone to waking up during the night due to their stops in breathing.
Treating Both Sleep Apnea & Sleep Deprivation
The best way to treat both sleep apnea and sleep deprivation is through sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea treatment, which can either consist of the use of a CPAP machine or oral appliance therapy (or sometimes both), allows you as a patient to kill two birds with one stone. With proper treatment you’ll sleep much better and much safer at night, and when you wake up you’ll feel refreshed and ready for a new day. Say goodbye to sleepiness, day-time tiredness, and other conditions caused by sleep apnea.
Our sleep dentists can help provide you with the sleep apnea treatment that you require. Contact our office today by calling (402) 493-4175 to get the treatment you need to better enjoy your nights and your days!