What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that prompts patients to stop breathing several times throughout the night. This is caused by a blockage in the airway, constricting the amount of oxygen that travels to the brain.
During these sleep apnea episodes, the brain signals your body to wake up and gasp for air. This can happen up to 30 times each hour while sleeping. Most patients don’t typically remember these episodes the following morning. They do, however, often feel extremely exhausted and irritable.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. If left untreated, it can cause serious physical and mental health issues and interfere with your quality of life. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. Seeing a dentist is often the first step to sleep apnea treatment, so if you’re struggling, Dr. Doneskey will be happy to meet with you and discuss your options.