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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sleep Apnea

Have you heard of the condition called sleep apnea? For many, sleep apnea is a condition that affects their lives every evening as they sleep.

What is Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a problem that should be taken seriously. Basically, it refers to periods of stopped breathing that occur during the night. While these periods of nonbreathing are usually short, in some instances they can become prolonged and lead to severe levels of oxygen shortage. And while many sleep apnea sufferers will never have to deal the severe effects of this condition, for others, it can take a large toll on their overall health.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, and you think you may be suffering from periods of stopped breathing at night, visit an experienced sleep apnea dentist.

Symptoms of sleep apnea may include:
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • high blood pressure
  • daytime drowsiness
  • heart abnormalities
  • restlessness
  • headaches
  • heavy snoring
and many others.

You can learn more about sleep apnea symptoms, causes and treatments from WebMD. If you'd like to earn more about sleep apnea and the available treatment options, send me an e-mail.

posted by Patti at 7:45 AM


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