Thick Neck? Snoring? Daytime Sleepiness? Think Sleep Apnea.
Consider neck size as a risk factor for sleep-disordered breathing.
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night to function optimally. Because sleep also plays a major role in appetite and metabolism, it is involved in weight control. Sufficient sleep allows the body to process information and improves a person’s memory and ability to learn.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea [OSA] occurs when the walls of the throat collapse, completely blocking the airway and creating a cessation of breathing. This can cause breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep as the airway intermittently becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. This can result in loud snoring or gasping as the body tries to breathe. The brain and body become oxygen deprived and the person may wake up few or several times per night. This leads to a person feeling tired the next day, despite what may seem like a full night’s sleep.
Breathing related sleep disorders such as Obstructive sleep apnea [OSA] can cause blockage of oxygen to the brain and other organs and is associated with several health risks including chronic fatigue, TMJD symptoms, morning headaches, memory issues, obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, gastric reflux, heart dysfunction, hypertension, stroke and myocardial infarction.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that often goes undiagnosed because most people who suffer from this condition don’t even realize they have it. Most of the signs and symptoms for OSA can be found in the airway. Since patients visit their dentist more often than they visit their doctor, as your dentist, we play a critical role in screening and caring for patients with sleep breathing disorders.
Call our office on 209 668 4040 to schedule an initial OSA screening.