Some sleep apnea symptoms are more obvious than others. If the person sleeping near you is in a cycle of constant snoring and breathing stoppages, then there is a good chance he or she has sleep apnea.
To know for sure, schedule a consultation at Masterpiece Smiles. Our dentists, located in Tulsa, OK, can provide your friend or family member with a way to measure what happens when he or she falls asleep. Once the condition is diagnosed, we can help them move forward with a sleep apnea treatment.
To get started, call 918-925-9687 or contact us online to make an appointment.Read Transcript
Sleep apnea is kind of a broad term that covers a lot of different issues with airway obstruction when you're sleeping at night or trying to sleep. You hear people, “Oh, he snores a lot.” Snoring is a component of it, but snoring is a constriction of the airway, and it's the soft tissue that's vibrating when you're trying to get air into the lungs and oxygenate your body, as well as your brain. If that airway is constricted, if that airflow is not good into the lungs, that puts a stress on the heart, that puts a stress on the body, and over time, something's got to give—you put that much stress on it.
Apnea can go undiagnosed for years but there's so many things related to it, as far as health concerns. As far as people who are not getting enough sleep at night because—if your airway's constricted, if you're constantly waking up, whether you know it or not, waking up because your kind of gasping for air, you never get into that deep REM sleep, that good quality sleep. You may have been in bed for eight, nine hours last night and you wake up and you're so groggy and it's because you never really got deep into sleep because you snore every time. Just the way your body is designed, some people have more of an issue with it.
There's a lot of different ways that we diagnose it. The way we can tell exactly where a patient is, we have some devices that we can send patients home with to wear at night: some monitors that they'll wear. Bring them back in, we hook them up to the computer, and it will give us a read out of exactly what happened during the night: how many times they had to gasp for air, how much their oxygen saturation went down that night. It's amazing what we find and it's becoming a bigger problem almost every day and it's one of those kind of silent killers because a lot of people don't really have pain with it. They don't associate that with other things that are going on as far as like, heart problems with their health. It's a huge issue and it's something that we deal with on a daily basis here.