Healthy Sleep for a Healthy Life
Sleep Apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. Breathing pauses can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes, and happen as often as 30 times or more per hour. Ongoing disordered breathing causes an imbalance between the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream.
Common signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can include severe early morning headaches, shortened attention span, moodiness, sleepiness in the daytime, frequent waking overnight, and insomnia, and especially reduced short-term recall. Fortunately, our office is equipped with the necessary technology and expertise to test for and treat Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea has been linked to Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes. PTSD patients have a higher than normal risk for suffering from Sleep Apnea. If this Sleep Health Quiz reveals you have high risk factors, immediately contact Dr. Cappelli for a Home Sleep Study by a Board Certified Sleep Specialist.
Reason for Treating Sleep Apnea
It is very important to seek medical attention if sleep apnea is suspected. A sufferer can completely stop breathing numerous times per hour, and this can quickly turn into a deadly situation. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the patient’s throat collapses into the airway. The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs.
The problem worsens when the chest region, diaphragm, and abdomen fight for air. The efforts they make to obtain vital oxygen only cause a further tightening of the blockage.
Because sleep apnea causes carbon dioxide levels to skyrocket in the blood and oxygen levels to decrease, the heart has to pump harder and faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen. Sleep apnea has been linked to a series of serious heart-related conditions, and should be investigated at the earliest opportunity.
CPAP was traditionally used to keep the patient’s airways open while they slept, but nowadays there are some less intrusive options.
Our non-invasive solution is a great alternative for patients who may be CPAP intolerant or are interested in something more convenient for home or travel. Our devices are fully customized to gently tease the lower jaw forward are very effective in preventing the tongue from blocking the main air passage. These dental devices are gentle, easy to wear, and often help patients avoid unwanted surgeries.
Sleep Apnea By The Numbers
The common stereotype of a sleep apnea patient is an overweight or obese man who snores, but the truth is sleep apnea affects many more people than just that. Sleep Apnea symptoms are so broad, that it is often misdiagnosed as depression or fatigue; however, the number of men and women affected don’t lie.
Americans Suffer From
Higher Likelihood Sleep Apnea Victims Die In A Car Crash
Sleep Apnea Related Cardiovascular Deaths Per Year