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May 29, 2018
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Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that can cause an individual to stop breathing during sleep. An apnea is classified as a temporary pause in breathing.

 

The airway to the lungs repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. When this airway is blocked, you may loud snoring or making choking noises as the individual tries to breathe can occur. Consequently, the brain and body becomes oxygen deprived and causing the individual to wake up frequently during the night. In many cases, sleep apnea can also be caused by the tissue in the back of the throat collapsing. The muscles of the upper airway relax when you fall asleep. If an individual falls asleep on their back, gravity can cause the tongue to fall back. The airway then becomes narrow, which reduces the amount of air that can reach your lungs. The narrowed airway causes snoring by making the tissue in back of the throat vibrate as you breath. Sleep apnea results in morning fatigue, or feeling tired and unrefreshed even despite a full night of sleep. As the day progresses, it is not uncommon for the individual to feel fatigued due to the lack of quality sleep. This is attributed to the fact that the body is waking up numerous times throughout the night, even though the individual might not be completely conscious of each awakening. Long term, untreated sleep apnea can relay detrimental effects. The lack of oxygen distribution throughout the body can cause negative long-term consequences on overall health. Examples of diseases that can result from untreated sleep apnea are high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.  





Fedele E. Vero, D.D.S., P.C.
Christine N. Fumo, D.M.D.
Alec J. Ganci, D.D.S

Yonkers, NY Family Dentist
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
626 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 476-0100
 

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