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Marshall James Nev, PLC | Sleep Apnea in Richmond

Marshall James Ney, DMD, FAAOP

527 W. Main St
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-3761

Sleep Apnea
 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.  It causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep. Normal breathing starts again with a snort or choking sound. People with Sleep Apnea often snore loudly – a warning sign of OSA.  However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.  This clearly makes testing critical to one’s overall health.

When your sleep is interrupted throughout the night, you can be drowsy during the day. People with sleep apnea are at higher risk for car crashes, work-related accidents, and other medical problems. If you have it, it is important to get treatment. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices can treat sleep apnea in most people.

Causes

When you sleep, your body’s muscles (including the muscles in your throat) become more relaxed. In a healthy patient, the throat remains open enough during sleep to let air pass by. However, some people have a narrow throat, are overweight, or consume. When the muscles in their upper throat relax during sleep, the tissues close in and block the airway. This stop in breathing is called apnea. Loud snoring is a telltale symptom of sleep apnea. Snoring is caused by air squeezing through the narrowed or blocked airway. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

What Are Some Symptoms & Long Term Effects On One’s Health?

Aside from the telltale nighttime signs that others can hear, sleep apnea manifests itself in symptoms such as morning headaches, fatigue, irritability, difficulty paying attention and depression. Weight gain and elevated blood pressure are often linked to OSA, and long-term consequences can include an increased risks of developing cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer. Fortunately, there are proven methods for the treatment and relief of OSA symptoms.

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