Sleep Apnea occurs when you stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is usually accompanied by snoring and restless sleep, and often times it is the bed partner of the person with sleep apnea that will notice and report the problems.
Sleep apnea is a big problem because if breathing is interrupted during sleep the bodies tissues will become starved of oxygen. Dramatic drops in oxygen levels can effect major organs including the brain and heart. Sleep apnea has also been associated with the following systemic problems:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Irregular heart beats
- Heart attacks
- Worsening of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Poor performance in everyday activities
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Academic underachievement in children, adolescents and adults
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
If you think you may have sleep apnea make an appointment at Dental Sleep Medicine of Southwest Florida, LLC today.