Dr. Michael Nugent is also a certified sleep apnea dentist, making our Pasadena Texas Dental Office a great place to manage your overall health. Sleep apnea has many consequences.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that happens when a person’s airway becomes either partially or completely blocked during sleep. These blockages cause dangerously low levels of oxygen in the blood. The brain incites the person from sleep to clear the obstruction. Once cleared the person goes back to sleep not knowing they have a nightly pattern of breathing stoppage. These blockages can occur as many as 30 times per hour, so imagine how impossible that can make it to get a full night’s rest.
Lack of proper sleep?
Not getting enough quality sleep has substantial adverse effects on overall physical and mental health. It makes a person feel fatigued throughout the day. It affects the ability to focus at work or in the classroom. A lack of sleep can also hinder the ability to concentrate, or make a person more irritable. Furthermore, lack of sleep can cause depression.
The consequences of sleep apnea can be even more severe. If left untreated, sleep apnea increases the likelihood of developing other major health problems including:
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Loud snoring is considered one of the major warning signs of sleep apnea. If you snore loudly or have a family member that does it is important to rule out sleep apnea. However, snoring is not the only symptom of this sleep-breathing disorder. There are many more symptoms of sleep apnea.
If anything written above sounds familiar, call our Pasadena Texas office today at 832-487-0647 to schedule a consultation. These symptoms will not go away. Get your sleep apnea treated, and get your life back! Michael Nugent DDS serves patients in Pasadena and Deer Park, Texas.