Tired of Being Tired? Sleep Apnea Series: Part One

Do you wake up tired or have a lack of energy during the day? Do you

experience morning headaches or wake with a dry mouth or scratchy throat? Have you been told you snore or occasionally wake up with a choking or gasping sensation? Do you have a large neck size or suffer from depression? These are all signs and symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain, and the rest of the body, may not get enough oxygen. Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children.
Apnea disrupts sleep patterns and prevents you from getting the deep, refreshing sleep that your body needs. Without treatment this can lead to cardiovascular disease, accidents while driving and at work, poor physical and cognitive performance, weight gain and more.
This condition is often overlooked by doctors. The good news is that we here at Petaluma Dental Group are taking notice and working together with sleep doctors to get you the help that you need. If you think that you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea, talk to your dentist today!