Nothing is more irritating than waking up after a full night’s rest and being exhausted. Going throughout the day fatigued and even dozing off during regular activities such as work or school not only hinders your functionality, but your ability to be present and actively engaged as well. While it may not be the first thought that enters your mind, you may be experiencing the effects of sleep apnea. Fortunately, Dr. Lapidus at Ivan Lapidus DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA can help you determine what your next best steps are in regard to treating the sleep disorder and restoring your restful nights of sleep.
A Restricted Airway
When you experience sleep apnea, what is occurring is a periodic stopping and resuming of breathing due to a restricted airway. This can lead to a restless night and future problems such as heart problems and more. It can come in the form of obstructive (OSA) when the throat muscles relax, Central (CSA) when the brain is unable to send the correct symbols to the muscles controlling the throat, or a combination of the two known as Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (CSAS). If you suspect you may be suffering from OSA, CSA, or CSAS, contact your doctor immediately.
How it Affects You
When experiencing this disorder, you may exhibit symptoms such as loud snoring, gasping for air while unconscious, periodic episodes of stopped and resumed breathing, insomnia or difficulties staying asleep, daytime grogginess or fatigue, daytime grogginess or hypersomnia, irritability and more. In other words, it not only affects your rest, but overall motor function as well. Fortunately, there are treatments for the condition such as a custom-made appliance to help improve your throat’s posture and aids in consistent breathing. Learn more by calling our office today.
Causes and Concerns
OSA and CSA can occur for a variety of reasons, but knowing the risk factors and being aware of what your options are can help. Factors that increase the risk of OSA include excess weight, a narrowed airway, age, family history, history of alcohol or substance use, history of tobacco use, nasal congestion, and medical conditions. Additionally, CSA factors include stroke, narcotic pain medications, heart disease or conditions, being older, and even being male.
In addition to potential risk factors and causes, there are a variety of complications that can arise from sleep apnea as well, including high blood pressure or heart problems, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, medical or surgical complications, and more.
We are Here to Help
At Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc, our goal is to not only inform you about your oral condition, but to provide you the guidance and treatment needed to restore your health. Contact our Los Angeles, CA office today by calling (310) 446-4867 to learn more.