The only thing worse than being kept awake half the night by someone snoring is when you’re the one doing the snoring. That’s because bad snoring like that can be a sign you have sleep apnea. If not taken care of, this condition can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. Call either of our Connecticut dental offices (203-372-1220 for Bridgeport/Trumbull and 203-378-9737 for Shelton) to schedule sleep apnea treatment. Even though this condition is not rare, there are still many myths surrounding it. Knowing the truth can help you realize the danger it poses — and how you can get help.
What Is Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is the name for when you stop breathing while asleep. There are a few kinds of sleep apnea, but the most common one is called obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s what typically happens:
- You fall asleep and your muscles relax like they normally do.
- But your throat muscles relax so much that their weight starts to bend your airway. This causes the bad snoring associated with sleep apnea.
- Eventually, your airway is obstructed and you cannot breathe.
- You start to panic, but as soon as you begin waking up, those throat muscles stop doing that.
- Now that you can breathe again, you start to fall asleep again.