A good night’s sleep helps us stay energized throughout the day with a clear mind. There are times, however, when factors out of our control keep us away from good sleep. One of those factors could be snoring, either yours or a family members, and both can point to sleep apnea. An increasingly common medical condition that affects a person’s breathing while they try to sleep.
You might wonder: how could a dentist assist with such a medical condition? First, let’s discuss the details of sleep apnea, and then how the Sacramento dental specialists at the Marconi Dental Group can help.
Sleep apnea is the obstruction or blockage of airflow, when the muscles in the back of the throat relax causing a closure of airway and leading to snoring. The brain then reacts to this by waking up itself to contract those muscles, opening up the airway again (this usually happens while barely conscious). In severe cases, this could happen as much as 50 times in an hour making a good night’s sleep nearly impossible.
If the airway is only partially open, then the muscles and tissues in the throat vibrate against each other creating the sound that we know as snoring.
Sleep apnea is a serious threat to a person’s health, sleep deprivation is on the lighter end, while it has also been linked to heart conditions, behavioral health and other issues.