In the never-ending quest for a good night’s sleep, are you being left out of the hunt? Have you tried early bedtimes, exercising before bed and other measures in hopes of waking up refreshed? Perhaps the problem lies not in your bedtime or even in your mattress, but instead is a result of sleep apnea. Dr. Kim Ross, a dentist in Annapolis, MD, offers treatment for this dangerous sleep disorder that robs your brain and body of oxygen.

Sleep Apnea is Widespread

Sleep apnea affects nearly 18 million Americans, including kids and adults, who struggle with feelings of tiredness throughout the day. Studies reveal that the mortality rate for those with this debilitating disorder is nearly three times higher than the average rate. Signs that you may have this disorder include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring, snorting, or choking
  • Headaches when waking up
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

Types of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the first of two versions of this disorder and is the most common version in sufferers. This version occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes and blocks your airway. The second condition is central sleep apnea, which occurs when the brain fails to tell the body to breathe. Risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Your sex; men are at greater risk
  • Weight; it is more common in overweight people
  • Age; those over 40 are at higher risk
  • Neck size; those with larger necks suffer more occurrences
  • Large tongue or tonsils that block the airway
  • Nasal obstruction from allergies or a deviated septum
  • Gastroesophageal reflux condition (GERD)

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, treatments can include basic lifestyle changes such as losing weight, stopping smoking or sleeping on your side. If these efforts fail, mouthpieces can help position the mouth to prevent blocking of your airway.

If you have sleep apnea in Annapolis, MD, seek prompt treatment to mitigate your health risks. Learn more about treating this disorder by calling our office at (410) 774-4249 or scheduling an appointment online to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ross.