When you are tired during the day or having trouble paying attention, you typically assume you did not get enough sleep. But what if you did? What could be the cause of your exhaustion in that case? Usually, our minds do not jump to the conclusion that maybe it is a disorder related to oral health, such as that of sleep apnea, but something else that is disturbing our rest. Based on drowsiness alone, it can be difficult to tell what the cause is. Fortunately, Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, California focuses on temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain and can offer you important information regarding sleep apnea and the effects it can have on your day-to-day functioning.
It Causes Restless Sleep
Sleep apnea occurs when there is an obstruction to your airflow, causing periodic breaks in breathing that occur through multiple episodes during the night. It can occur when your throat muscles relax, known as OSA when your brain has difficulty sending proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing, known as CSA, or a combination of the two which is referred to as treatment-emergent. When you experience sleep apnea, your body has difficulty regulating your breathing but is attempting to correct it, resulting in your body not actually being able to rest, and frequently waking up throughout the night.
It Disturbs Your Air Flow
As we mentioned above, the constituting factor of the disorder consists of disturbed air-flow. One of the major indicators of this condition consists of loud and frequent snoring. Other indicators include gasping for air while you sleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up with a dry mouth, irritability, difficulty paying attention, and even hypersomnia, or excessive tiredness during the day. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you should consider contacting our office for further assessment.
It Can Lead to Serious Life-Style Changes
While it is important to recognize the symptoms, it is also pertinent you are aware of risk factors that could contribute to the problem. These can include being overweight, having a family history of sleep apnea, nasal congestion, having a narrowed airway, and excessive use of alcohol and tobacco products. These factors can enhance the situation and make your condition elevate to a serious level. Making lifestyle changes to combat the disorder are necessary to increase your overall quality of life and to benefit your oral health for the better.
Learn How to Manage Your Symptoms
Sleep apnea can be a potentially serious situation, and in extreme cases has resulted in needing surgery. It is pertinent if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms that you reach out to a qualified dentist. Contact the office of Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc at (310) 446-4867 to learn more about what you can do to manage your symptoms and protect your health.