What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is more than just a snoring problem. It’s a serious sleep disorder that can have significant health impacts if left unchecked. When someone has sleep apnea, their breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to a minute or more, happening potentially hundreds of times a night.
The most obvious symptom of sleep apnea is loud, chronic snoring, but the effects go much deeper. Each time breathing stops, the body is momentarily deprived of oxygen, causing strain on the heart and other organs. Over time, this can lead to serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and even organ failure.
At our center, we often encounter patients unaware of the severity of their condition. This unawareness is largely because these breathing interruptions occur during sleep, making them difficult to detect without proper monitoring. That’s where we come in. Our team at TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado is trained to identify the signs of sleep apnea and provide effective treatment solutions tailored to your needs.
Understanding the seriousness of sleep apnea is the first step toward effective treatment. In the following sections, we’ll explore how our dental expertise uniquely positions us to tackle this sleep disorder, ensuring you get the restful, healthy sleep you deserve.