The most common form of sleep breathing disorders is called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea’s symptoms include snoring, halting breathing, and tiredness, among others. It can also lead to much more serious issues such as cardiovascular diseases and chronic sleep deprivation. Fortunately, there are several highly effective treatment options that can help you sleep better and reduce the risk of complications.

While it is primarily a sleeping condition, sleep apnea also affects your body in other ways. Sleep is your body’s way of restoring itself after the work and wear of the day. As your brain works throughout the day it produces waste materials that your body cleans out during sleep. Sleep apnea disrupts that cleaning by constantly interrupting your sleep.

Another effect of interrupted sleep is sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation causes many more issues than you might imagine, amounting to over a hundred billion dollars in losses from production, vehicles crashes, workplace accidents, and increased healthcare costs. In addition, social and family life is negatively affected, and sleep deprivation increases the likelihood of divorce and other familial issues.

With all of these problems caused by sleep apnea and other sleep-related issues, it’s imperative to get appropriate treatment. CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machines are the most common and effective sleep apnea treatments. A mandibular advancement appliance can also be used to open the airway. In addition, surgical options are available for more serious cases.

Northridge Dental Group offers a free pulse-oximeter recording and report for free, with no obligation. A Pulse-oximeter measures both your heart rate and blood oxygenation while you are sleeping to determine if you have sleep apnea. Contact us in Northridge, California, for a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Shahdad Arami.