New York, New York
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that is often signaled by loud, erratic
snoring when you are asleep. It is estimated that sleep apnea affects millions of
Americans each year, but because it occurs at night, many people so undiagnosed.
Sleep apnea is very dangerous because it can cut off the oxygen supply to your
brain as you sleep. Sleep apnea is caused by a number of different things, including:
- Respiratory Disease
- Obstructed Airways
- High Blood Pressure
When you sleep, your brain controls your breathing, and if your breathing is interrupted,
it wakes you up so that you can correct the problem. People who suffer or have sleep apnea
have airways that are being obstructed by soft tissue that is getting in the way of air
entering the lungs.
For sleep apnea sufferers, the airway is obstructed just long enough for them to not get
oxygen and the brain wakes the body up, preventing the deep sleep essential to everyone.
This waking up can occur hundreds of times a night to someone suffering from sleep apnea,
but because it is so brief and can be corrected so easily, most of the time, people don't
even remember waking.
Sleep apnea may not seem like a very "big deal," but waking up over and over again prevents
your body from fully recharging like it needs to do. Sleep apnea can cause serious medical
conditions and problems, including:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Memory Impairment
- Poor Motor Skills
- Lowered Reaction Times
Although sleep apnea may not be recognized by you because it occurs during your sleep, you may
be able identify sleep apnea by some of its symptoms. Sleep apnea symptoms can include:
- Choking or gasping at night
- Morning headaches
- Loud, erratic snoring
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Personality changes
If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, of any of the above symptoms, it is a good idea to contact and experienced sleep dentist like Dr. Ferro. Dr. Ferro can diagnose your sleep apnea and determine what treatment will work best for you so that you can enjoy a restful night of sleep.
Contact Dr. Ferro in New York, New York to schedule an initial consultation. Sleep apnea can be very serious and it is best to treat it as soon as possible.
635 Madison Avenue, Suite 1400
betw 59th & 60th Street
New York, NY 10022