Sleep is one of the most important types of fuel that you can give your body. Not getting enough sleep causes a ripple effect of issues throughout the body and as they progress, can get worse and worse.
Do you ever find yourself waking up in the mornings not feeling rested despite being in bed for seven hours? You could be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea. When a person has sleep apnea, they experience repeated disturbances to their breathing while sleeping. The interruptions can last for anywhere from 10 to 20 seconds and can repeatedly occur over and over again.
The most common reason that people suffer from sleep apnea is the collapsing of soft tissue in the throat and mouth while sleeping. Without the energy of being awake, the tongue and mouth muscles can collapse. Luckily, your dentist has a sleep apnea treatment that can help the majority of patients. Through the usage of a custom mouth guard made to perfectly fit your teeth, a more desirable jaw position can be achieved that will allow the airway to remain open while sleeping.
Sleep apnea may not seem like a large issue to some, but the loss of sleep and constant distributions can have severe medical impacts on a person. Any time oxygen is not properly getting to the brain is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. In addition to the sufferer’s health complications, the family members of those afflicted can also be affected.
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