Sleep apnea, also known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical disorder that causes your body to pause or stop breathing while you sleep. The muscles in your throat relax and your tongue can fall back, blocking the airway as you sleep and reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to your organs, some of which include your heart and brain.
One of the most common occurrences that people with sleep apnea experience is loud snoring throughout the night. They can also stop breathing for short periods of time. When you're snoring or your breathing stops during the night, your body will briefly wake up, even though you may not realize it. This can happen hundreds of times throughout the night, which is why many people feel unrefreshed and restless when they finally wake up in the morning.
If left untreated, people who suffer from sleep apnea can experience restlessness, irritability, morning headaches, concentration issues, memory loss, and potentially even depression. Not only that, but people are also at risk for dealing with numerous health issues, including hypertension, stroke, heart attack, or worse.
Thankfully, Dr. Kelly offers sleep apnea dental devices for our patients who are suffering from sleep problems like this. If you or someone you know is having trouble sleeping, please call our office at (919) 848-1343. You deserve a good, healthy night's sleep!