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Sleep Apnea: A Potentially Fatal Sleep Disorder – Allen, TX

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Wondering what causes you to have sleepless nights and tiring days? It may be because of a condition referred to as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea, to those who are unfamiliar, is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing after a few seconds or minutes. The usual reasons for its occurrence are the collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat (obstructive sleep apnea), and the brain’s failure in sending signals to the muscles that control breathing (central sleep apnea).

The problem with sleep apnea is, people who have it can remain unaware of its presence. Unless there is someone, like a family member or bed partner, that can inform them of the loud snoring and snorting sounds they produce during sleep. Once this is pointed out, we at Allen Dentistry recommend an immediate dental appointment to undergo proper diagnosis.


The Truth About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea does more than just cause a person to feel sleepy or tired. It is a condition that should never be underestimated due to its seriousness. Since episodes can take place multiple times an hour, the circulation of oxygen to the vital organs of the human body is reduced. However, many people argue that it is not possible for this sleep disorder to be fatal since once the body senses a decline in oxygen supply, it forces the person to awaken.

This argument may have a point but do know that it is just like people who are suffering from AIDS or diabetes. People die not because of the problems previously mentioned, but the complications, pain, poor quality of life, and dysfunction associated with it.

Due to the breathing pauses during sleep, the blood’s oxygen levels drop. Yes, the brain recognizes this drop and the increase in carbon dioxide, so it causes sudden awakening. However, this causes the release of the cortisol hormone or also referred to as the stress hormone. Once released, the person’s heart rate and blood pressure increase. Since this can repeatedly happen every hour, imagine the possible long term effects.

We at Allen Dentistry understand how destructive sleep apnea is, so we offer an oral appliance that prevents sleep apnea episodes. But, instead of a bulky device, we provide an alternative that slightly pushes the lower jaw forward during sleep to keep the airways open.


Suffering from sleep apnea? Never attempt to delay diagnosis and treatment! Let us at Allen Dentistry provide you with Sleep Apnea Treatment in Allen, TX. Call or visit us at 551 W. McDermott Dr. Allen TX 75013.