Normally, you make at least a little noise when you’re sleeping. That’s not a big deal. But when you have sleep apnea, you are snoring loudly almost every time to sleep — and that’s a big deal because there are many dangers tied to sleep apnea that a lot of people don’t know about.
If you or someone you love snores all the time, call our Wellesley, MA dental office today at 781-304-8172 to schedule an appointment for sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Tocci is your Wellesley dentist trained to offer a proper diagnosis and a sleep device that can help you finally get the sleep you need.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
While there is technically a few kinds of sleep apnea, the most common one is called obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s what usually happens when you have it.
- You fall asleep, so your muscles start to relax.
- However, your throat muscles relax too much. Their weight begins to press down on your airway.
- As your airway closes, you’re still trying to draw the same amount of breath through it. That’s what usually makes the loud snoring.
- Eventually, that airway closes completely. Your body panics because it thinks it’s suffocating.
- But as soon as you start to wake up, those throat muscles tense up again and you can breathe normally.
- This means you never completely wake up and fall back to sleep. But then the snoring happens again, you kind of wake again, and so on.
The big problem is how this cycle can repeat itself all night long. People with sleep apnea can go through this cycle more than 200 times in a single night. That means you’re not getting the sleep you need, and that’s happening night after night.
Sleep Apnea Is Worse Than Just Snoring
Because you’re constantly being robbed of a good night’s rest, sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition. Here are a few of the bigger health risks caused by untreated sleep apnea.
Even when you’re asleep, your body needs oxygen from breathing. But when you suffer from sleep apnea, you’re not getting enough of that. There’s still some in your blood, so to make up for it, your heart starts pumping harder. It’s trying to get the oxygen you have spread through your body.
That means your heart is getting stressed when it should be resting. This leads to an increased risk of heart disease. That’s why you need to call our Wellesley, MA dental office today for sleep apnea treatment.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
There’s another consequence of your heart beating faster. It puts extra pressure on your circulatory system. As with your heart, your veins and arteries need some time to rest at night. But with sleep apnea, you’re facing problems with high blood pressure.
By calling Tocci Dental Associates today at 781-304-8172, you can make an appointment to start sleep apnea treatment. With our Wellesley dentist’s help, you can get the sleep you need so your body can rest.
In order to drive safely, you need to stay focused. That’s why texting and driving is such a bad idea. Lose your attention for just a bit, and you could end up in a bad car accident. But what happens when you’re exhausted and never getting enough sleep at night? That’s why you are at a higher risk for accidents when you have sleep apnea.
Call our Wellesley dentist today and make an appointment for sleep apnea treatment. With the help of a small sleep device you keep in your mouth at night, you can keep breathing and finally get some much-needed rest.
DEPRESSION AND IRRITABILITY
If you have a sleepless night, chance are you’ll be cranky the next morning. That’s normal. But what happens when most of your nights are that bad? You start to get irritable most of the time. Do this long enough, and that irritability changes to become chronic depression.
That’s why you need to contact Tocci Dental Associates for sleep apnea treatment. Your mind needs sleep. Studies show that repeatedly losing sleep has a detrimental effect on your mood.
Call us TODAY at 781-304-8172 or send us a message using our online form to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Tocci is your Wellesley dentist trained to properly diagnose and treat sleep apnea so you can get the sleep you need.