Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sleep Apnea & How It Impacts You

Most of us don’t think about visiting our dentist when we have sleep apnea, but Dr. Judith Strutz is just the prosthodontist to visit. Sleep apnea can be very dangerous and often goes untreated. During the sleep cycle, an individual may stop and start breathing again over one hundred times a night, because they are constantly waking up to get air. When this happens, you can easily become sleep deprived.

Sleep deprivation has multiple side effects including falling asleep during inopportune times, moodiness, and/or poor concentration. The longer your body goes without the quality sleep it requires, the more symptoms you can be impacted by on a daily basis. If left untreated you will have a higher risk of problems to body organs, which could lead to job loss or even death if you quit breathing long enough.  Heart disease and high blood pressure can also occur in individuals with sleep apnea.

 Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
·      Gasping for breath that wakes you up
·      Chronic fatigue
·      Morning headaches
·      Difficulty paying attention.
If you are concerned you may have sleep apnea, call or visit the office of Dr. Judy Strutz for more information.

Your body thrives on the proper amount of oxygen to the brain and a deep restful sleep. Sleep apnea unfortunately impacts both of these needs.

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