Many people confuse sleep apnea with snoring but in reality apnea is a lot more serious and can even be fatal in extreme circumstances. Snoring, as everyone knows, is the noise omitted when breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea on the other hand is the sound of someone completely stopping breathing during sleep. This can happen for two reasons: firstly, because the soft palate at the back of the throat has collapsed and blocked the airway and secondly because the respiratory part of the brain forgets to tell the lungs to breathe.
The first kind of apnea mentioned here is called obstructive sleep apnea and can be remedied by visiting your City of London dentist who will be able to diagnose the problem and then fit an appliance that can be worn during sleep to prevent this from happening. The other kind of apnea is central sleep apnea and is a more serious problems that may require more serious medical attention.
If sleep apnea is not treated it can be behind a whole series of medical problems ranging from stress, to anxiety to an inability to concentrate, especially among children. Sleep apnea also puts tremendous pressure on the heart and can cause heart problems and even heart attacks if the circumstance dictate.
This temporary cessation of breathing can happen several hundred times a night which as you can imagine doesn’t lead to a very good night’s sleep for you or anyone else that may be sleeping near you. To find out more make an appointment to talk to your dentist about the dangers of sleep apnea.