Sleep apnea is a dangerous medical condition in which you can temporarily stop breathing up to several times per hour. People who snore heavily are at a higher risk of developing this condition, as are overweight individuals. You may wake yourself up with loud snores or because you are gasping for breath. Some of the negative effects of untreated sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea can be especially problematic for those with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and a previous stroke.
Sleep doctors typically prescribe a CPAP mask that patients wear at night to prevent breathing stoppages. This stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Between the cumbersome hoses and the noisy machine, some people don’t sleep any better with a CPAP mask than they did without it. Dental Care of Morrisville can help you find a more effective and comfortable solution, such as mandibular advancement device or a soft tissue repositioning oral appliance.