Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition that affects millions of people in the United States. This condition can be life threatening because the regular sleep patterns are interrupted due to people's breathing stopping and restarting repeatedly throughout the night. The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." This sleep disorder can have extremely negative effects on people's health due to the inconsistent level of oxygen that the brain and other organs receive. Waking up repeatedly during the night, snoring loudly, and never feeling rested (even after adequate hours of sleep) are often the first indicators that sleep apnea is an issue. It is important that people with sleep apnea receive proper treatment so that their health is not compromised.
Any symptoms of sleep apnea should not be ignored because, left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences. Other conditions that are directly related to sleep apnea are: teeth grinding, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel. Because people cannot understand their sleeping patterns and assess them while they are sleeping, a sleep study needs to be conducted to see whether sleep apnea is present and how severe it is.
At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, Dr. Mitul Patel leads our practice with experience and expertise for treating sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment method that uses a custom-fit appliance to provide a consistent, open airway so patients achieve an improved night's sleep and revitalized health. Dr. Patel understands that early diagnosis of sleep apnea is critical in finding the most beneficial treatment and preventing serious consequences from occurring.
If you are suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea or your sleeping partner has told you that your snoring is troublesome or severe, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel.
Posted on behalf of Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders