17 September 2008

Sleep apnea, Loud snoring and the cessation of breathing during sleep, is a common problem that affects both adults and children. This can be treated by dentist or oral surgeon.

Don't underestimates this snoring! Sleep apnea may contribute to :
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Memory and concentration impairment.
  • Social problem and marital discord
  • Reduces the quality of your sleep and contributes to daytime sleepiness, driving becomes more dangerous, the worst thing is cause of car accidents
Sleep Apnea Types
  1. Obstructive sleep apnea. An airway blockage caused by a genetic abnormality such as excessive tissue in the back of the tongue, throat or nose.
  2. Central sleep apnea. The brain fails to send proper signals to muscles responsible for breathing.
  3. Mixed sleep apnea (complex sleep apnea). Combination between both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea are present.
Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms
  • Snoring with pauses in breathing (apnea)
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Painful headaches in the morning
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
  • Quick to anger
  • High blood pressure
  • Nighttime chest pain
  • Depression
  • Problem with excess weight
  • Large neck (>17" around in men, >16" around in women)
  • Reduced libido
  • Frequent urinating at night
To be sure of your diagnosis, consult with your dentist or doctor to undergo professional evaluation.

Self Help for Sleep Apnea
  • Maintain proper weight: A large number of sleep apnea sufferers are obese. Excess weight in your abdomen or neck can significantly hamper the effectiveness of the breathing muscles and compress your airway. as little as 10 pounds may be enough to make a difference.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and sedatives: Avoid anything that can depress breathing, especially within two hours of bedtime. Sedatives can relax your throat muscles and increase the tendency for airway obstruction related to snoring.
  • Sleep on your side with a comfortable pillow: Because you tend to snore more when sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side may be helpful.

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