On average, Americans get between six and eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, sleep apnea inhibits a person’s ability to get restful sleep. Even if they sleep for a total of eight hours, their frequent and abrupt awakenings will prevent them from feeling refreshed the next day.
The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
Many people think that the only side effect of sleep apnea is snoring, but months and years of sleep deprivation has serious consequences.
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Inability to concentrate, complete tasks, or learn new things
- Confusion or memory lapses
- Muscle aches and fatigue
- Weight gain
- Migraines and headaches
- Hand tremors
- Accident proneness (patients with sleep apnea are three times more likely than the general population to get into a motor vehicle accident)
- Mood swings
Not only do sleep apnea patients suffer from sleep deprivation, but they are also receiving reduced oxygen throughout the night. Sleep apnea leads to real and lasting health issues like:
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
If you have noticed drowsiness, snoring, or headaches in your own life, come into our office to find out if sleep apnea is the culprit. The earlier we treat sleep apnea, the sooner you will begin enjoying peaceful sleep again.
Treating Sleep Apnea at East Valley Dental Care and Scottsdale Dental Care
Mild sleep apnea can be treated with simple behavioral adjustments, like weight loss or a change in sleep position.
Many of our patients see great success with oral appliances or the CPAP. These devices help sufferers breathe correctly during the night and sleep soundly.
We hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the significant changes you’ll see in your life after sleep apnea treatment. To learn more about your treatment options, contact East Valley Dental Care or Scottsdale Dental Care today!