What is Sleep Apnea?

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment In Monkton

When the muscles around your throat relax during sleep, this can cause the airway to collapse. When the airway is collapsed and your airflow is blocked, breathing harder only tightens that seal. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea wake up constantly during the night, sometimes without even realizing it. When your airway is obstructed, your brain tells you to wake up and unconsciously return your mouth to its normal position until the obstruction happens again.

During these periods where your airway is obstructed, you are not breathing and this can have a detrimental effect on the oxygen levels in your blood.

Sleep apnea may cause:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Weight gain
  • Mental confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heartburn

In serious cases, sleep apnea may even cause a heart attack or a stroke.

obstructive sleep apnea Monkton and ParktonSnoring and sleep apnea are not mutually exclusive, but if you snore, and don’t feel like you are getting enough sleep, it may be a sign that you also suffer from sleep apnea. If you are one of the forty percent of snorers who suffer from sleep apnea, we can help.

At Maryland Center for Dental Sleep Apnea in Monkton, we offer treatment for all of our patients with sleep disorders who struggle to get a good night’s rest. We utilize cutting edge technology and skill to provide the highest quality sleep apnea solutions and care to our patients in the Monkton, Parkton and Sparks areas.

If you think you may have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, call our Monkton dentist office today and take the first steps toward relief. We are available and ready to answer any questions you might have or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to taking care of you if you are in the Parkton – Sparks MD area.