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Generally when you sleep air moves in and out of your nose, throat, and lungs. Usually, the air movement is at a regular rhythm. But if the air movement is not in a regular rhythm and does not happen periodically, it is sleep apnea. It is a sleep disorder that needs to be taken seriously. If left untreated, it can cause many health problems such as breathing, daytime tiredness, loud snoring, hypertension, stroke, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, diabetes, and even heart attacks

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Who gets sleep apnea and what are its symptoms?

Sleep apnea is more common in men as compared to women. Studies have shown that it can be acquired by any age group from babies to children and adults. However, it is more common in the people who have crossed the age of 50. Also, people who are overweight or have a large neck, and have structural abnormalities get affected by sleep apnea. The experts at Westdentalimplants.com explain that this is because of the reduced diameter of the upper airway, which causes nasal obstruction. Some of the other common symptoms of sleep apnea are :

Snoring

Restless Sleep

Daytime Tiredness

Restlessness and nighttime awakenings

Waking up with a choking or smothering sensation

Frequent urination

Dry mouth or sore throat 

Cognitive impairment including forgetfulness, irritability, or difficulty to concentrate

Mood disturbances (depression or anxiety).

Night sweats

Low energy

Sexual dysfunction

Headaches

If you see any of these symptoms, this is a clear indication that you need medical care and sleep apnea treatment. If you do not take any medical treatment, it can result in an increased risk of accidents in daily activities. Many studies have stated that people suffering from serious OSA are more likely to get involved in vehicle accidents, as they have difficulty concentrating and suffer from memory impairment. But, you don’t have to worry about it. Seeking help from healthcare providers will help in eradicating the problem. 

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a treatment that manages an open airway during sleep. This eliminates all the symptoms of this disorder and improves sleep by reducing all the risks of long-term health complications. For this, we suggest you get treated by a specialist that carries out an effective treatment. 

Dental devices

The mouthpieces and the dental devices are known as mandibular advancement devices that help in repositioning the jaw. This is one of the best methods that is used in lessening the snoring and reducing the symptoms of OSA. Some people who are unable to tolerate treatments like CPAP can opt for dental devices. On top of that, dental devices usually have no side effects.

Now you have an idea about the symptoms and treatments of sleep apnea. Dental sleep apnea treatment has a lot of advantages over other treatments. It is a great option for people who need PAP therapy. Over that, it is non-invasive and has better compliance. But, we recommend you to have sleep tests and see how the oral appliance works for you.

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