Sleep Apnea Fair Oaks
Most of us don’t think of snoring as something to be overly concerned about. However, frequent and loud snoring is not only a health issue, but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea. Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, a constriction of the airway from collapsing throat tissues and/or the tongue blocking the airway during sleep.
Even though sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes unrecognized, which can be dangerous and detrimental to your health, making it vital to visit your Fair Oaks sleep apnea specialist Dr. Kuprienko if you suspect that you or a loved one might have sleep apnea, or sleep disordered breathing (SDB).
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that prevents airflow during sleep, and occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses temporarily blocking the airway. When this happens, it keeps air from getting into the lungs, and when your blood-oxygen levels drop low enough, the body wakes up. It happens so quickly that the sleeper might not even remember waking up.
Fair Oaks sleep apnea expert Dr. Kuprienko sees patients everyday whose snoring disrupts their normal sleep patterns and of those in the household. Subconsciously waking up hundreds of times a night disrupts normal sleep patterns and can make a person feel extremely tired and unrefreshed the next day.
Negative Effects of Sleep Apnea
More than 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, but may not seek treatment. And, while many might not even realize they have sleep apnea, it is important to seek diagnosis and treatment to prevent further complications.
When sleep apnea goes untreated, patients are more likely to suffer from strokes, heart problems, and high blood pressure, as well as a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents. There is even an association of sleep apnea with Alzheimer’s disease, depression, erectile dysfunction, GERD, and acid reflux. Change your sleep patterns and overall well being by contacting Fair Oaks sleep apnea expert Dr. Kuprienko to discuss available treatment options.
To learn more about the Sleep Apnea Services we provide or to schedule an appointment, please contact Fair Oaks dentist Dr. Kuprienko today at (916) 967-7733.