A Few Things You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

There’s a good chance you may have never heard of sleep apnea.

Even if you have, you may not realize you know someone who has it. In fact, there a pretty good chance the person who has may not know about it either.

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, up to 80 percent of people with moderate and severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea have never been diagnosed. As you will read, this affects more than just your sleep.

The good news is that you may be able to get help at Black Diamond Dentistry. We can help you get diagnosed, and if you or someone you love has this sleep disorder, we offer a treatment that has worked for many of our patients in and around Black Diamond, WA.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Yancy Sipes, call us today at 360-284-7647. Until then, take a few minutes to learn some things you should know about sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Makes You More Likely to Be in a Car Accident

Apnea is derived from a Greek word meaning “without breath.” People with sleep apnea stop breathing when they fall asleep.

In response to those breathing stoppages, your body will wake you up so you take a few breaths. Those stoppages also prevent you from reaching the stages of deep sleep, which are necessary to avoid sleep deprivation.

And research has shown that people with sleep apnea are more than twice as likely to be involved in automobile accidents when compared to other drivers.

Sleep Apnea Makes You More Likely to Have High Blood Pressure

When you stop breathing, that puts stress on your body. One of the ways your body deals with this stress is by released stress hormones. The effects of dozens if not hundreds of breathing stoppages every night is that your bodily stress remains elevated.

That carries over when are awake. It can help explain why people with untreated sleep apnea also have a greater risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular and heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

Snoring is Often a Symptom of Sleep Apnea

In addition to frequent breathing stoppages, loud and persistent snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

While most people do snore from time to time, this kind of snoring goes on for hours and hours pretty much anytime the person with sleep apnea falls asleep. It can keep people awake sleep in the same bed, the same room, or even in the same hallway.

This kind of snoring can cause other people to feel sleep deprived as well, and that’s not good for relationships or friendships.

Thankfully, Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated

As we noted above, Dr. Sipes has the training and the ability to design an oral appliance that can help greatly reduce or end your breathing stoppages and snoring. To request a consultation at Black Diamond Dentistry, call 360-284-7647 today or contact us online.

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