The Case of Sleep Apnea

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Most people that suffer from Sleep Apnea barely know they have it. The symptoms will vary but are apparent nonetheless; restless sleeping, waking with a choking feeling, snoring is the most common. And most of these untreated, undiagnosed people are those in their mid-to-late twenties and is slowly affecting those in their early twenties. Not treating Sleep Apnea can lead to a multitude of issues with the human body. Identifying that you have this rampant sleeping disorder is only the first step. Receiving help from Smile New Braunfels doesn’t just better your health, it’ll truly save your life.

First, the big question is: what is Sleep Apnea? Yes, we’ve gone over this many times, but this disorder is so uncommon and still gone untreated that we have to speak louder for the people in the back. Sleep Apnea occurs when the respiratory system has an obstructive or cerebral block that delays oxygen to the body during a night’s rest. Obstructions can be caused by large tonsils, a large tongue, or even (and especially lately) from nasal congestion brought on by allergies. When the blockage occurs (most notable symptom: loud snoring), the blood cells do not receive the oxygen they need. Hence, why the biggest symptom after awakening is the feeling of tiredness that follows you the remainder of the day. Due to Sleep Apnea, the victim could suffer effects like high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats that can lead to a heart attack, depression, and can even lead to a stroke.

Typically, when patients go to their doctor with this disorder, a common approach would be the big and bulky CPAP machine. Many people find such a machine uncomfortable to wear during sleep, which defeats the purpose of a healthier sleep. Here at Smile New Braunfels, we can develop a custom made device that will hold the lower jaw forward to relieve the obstruction to the airway. A better and healthier night’s sleep is possible. Let’s catch this disorder early on to save a life and pass the word on so more people are aware of this deadly sleeping disorder. Schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 830-629-8011.