Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can cause havoc

sleep-deprivation-beverly-maSleep apnea is a condition in which the soft tissues of the mouth and throat collapse during sleep, obstructing the airways that bring oxygen to the lungs and throughout the body.

Sleep apnea can cause snoring and a number of medical problems and should be treated immediately to prevent complications. Dr. Ben Polan, a dentist in Beverly, is experienced in sleep dentistry, a field that specializes in treating this condition.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Physicians determine that sleep apnea is occurring through a number of common symptoms. Excessive daytime sleepiness not linked to any physical condition may be a sign of sleep apnea. It can also cause morning headaches, foggy mental functioning and emotional problems like anxiety and depression.

Severe snoring is often a symptom of, and a problem for, those who have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can also affect relationships, making you feel too tired to enjoy social events. The complaints of sleep partners are often the trigger that makes these people seek treatment. Symptoms of sleep disorders like apnea can be treated by a number of simple methods. Your dentist in Beverly can advise you on  custom made, FDA approved oral appliances that can help to open airways to allow better sleep.

Medical Complications of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can cause constant poor sleep quality, which is associated with the development of a number of diseases.

People with sleep apnea often develop Type-2 diabetes. Obesity is linked to sleep apnea, and it is unclear whether the obesity causes the apnea or whether the poor sleep causes overeating and resulting obesity. High blood pressure is also linked to sleep apnea. The reduced intake of oxygen during the sleeping hours causes additional pulmonary pressure. Sleep apnea can increase the incidence of asthma attacks and headaches. Seizures and other nerve disorders can also occur.

Other Consequences of Sleep Problems

page-images-sleep-deprivationWhen you sleep poorly, you are more likely to perform below optimum levels at work. This can affect your ability to move ahead in your career. Poor sleep quality can also cause an increased risk of auto accidents and work injuries. Awareness and reaction time can be affected. People may even fall into micro-sleep periods during the day, increasing the risk for injury. Sleep dentistry can help improve sleep quality, which will you to function well throughout the day. Driving while drowsy is an unfortunate and dangerous complication for those with untreated Sleep Apnea.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances can help to position the tongue and mouth tissues to allow better airflow. Dr. Ben Polan has extensive experience in treating these conditions and can help to find the right appliance for your needs. Sleep dentistry can help you to sleep better, boost your immune system and improve your quality of life.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.becpapfree.com and click on sleep apnea. The

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute has a great article named ‘What is Sleep Apnea’ which you can

read here.

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