You may be suffering from an incurable and potentially life threatening disease, and you wouldn’t even know it – because the majority of the symptoms are experienced when you are asleep. Each time when you go to sleep, it could be the last time that you see your bedroom because you have no guarantee that you are going to be able to wake up healthily. This is not an article intended to scare or frighten, but rather a ‘wake up call’ to those who could be putting their lives in danger without thinking through the clear issues that they could be having, even though they are not conscious when they occur.
This dreaded threat is a condition called sleep apnea, and it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people up and down the country – and indeed around the world – suffer from this condition, many of them without knowing that they do. Indeed, it is often their partners and loved ones that first notice that something is wrong because the symptoms themselves are ‘silent’ to the actual person with the problem. Put simply, sleep apnea is when an individual stops breathing for a few seconds, or sometimes even longer, when they are asleep. In some cases these moments are just very shallow breaths, and so it can seem as though the person beside you is no longer breathing – but in others, there really is a gap between breaths. This can occur more than 30 times an hour, and as you can imagine, this constant change in oxygen to the body (and especially the brain) can have devastating effects on one’s health. In the most extreme cases, sleep apnea can be fatal.
But if these moments only occur when a person is asleep, how is it possible for you to tell whether or not you have sleep apnea? Well, there are a few things that you can look out for, and a few typical factors that you may have that makes you more at risk of developing it. Firstly, if you are overweight then that greatly increases your chances of having sleep apnea – and this is increased even further if you have a large neck size, sinus problems, or a deviated septum. It’s more common in men than women, and your chances increase after you have passed the age of forty. For many sufferers, the only way that they know that they are having such disturbed sleep is because no matter what time they go to bed and what time they awaken, they have excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), and impaired alertness during the day.
Those who have sleep apnea are often shocked when they are told that there is currently no cure for sleep apnea, only treatment – but Dr Page Woods has been offering help and real life-changing sleep apnea treatment options to many of her patients, and she approaches the problem from a slightly different angle. As a fully trained and professional dentist, she has a different view on the nose and mouth region, and is able to help her patients try out different dental sleep apnea alliances that are able to help them breath just that little bit better during the night. These are non-permanent methods that you can try out over time, and you may just find that Dr Paige Woods is able to use them to save your life.
Being diagnosed with sleep apnea is not a death sentence. There are plenty of ways to approach this problem in order to better your quality of life and quality of sleep – but only a professional such as Dr Paige Woods (San Diego Dentist) is really going to be able to make a real difference.