Do you sleep with a snorer? They could have Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea can affect everyone from babies to adults. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 25% of women and 10% of men experience some type of Sleep Apnea. Some of the signs you or a loved one may have sleep apnea are: fatigue, snoring, waking suddenly feeling the person is gasping or choking, or dry mouth or sore throat after sleeping. Children may display different symptoms such as: trouble in school, inward movement of the rib cage when inhaling, unusual sleeping positions, and more.
“Besides not being able to get a good night’s rest, sleep apnea sufferers may be more prone to higher blood pressure and a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain. This may cause fatigue during the day and if left untreated can lead to impaired daytime function. If you have a weakened heart already, sleep apnea can aggravate your condition by placing stress on your heart while you sleep. This can lead to heart attack and possibly stroke,” explains Dr. Andrew Frangella. It can affect more than just your sleep, so if you think you may have symptoms, it’s important to check with your dentist for a full evaluation. For more information on treatments and sleep apnea, check out our treatment options, or contact us.