Have you ever had the involuntarily sensation of no longer breathing? Perhaps it only lasted a few seconds. When one is awake and that happens, there may be a moment of fear. Through intense concentration, breathing begins again and all is well. You may be suffering from a condition known as sleep apnea.
But what about when you’re asleep? Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition characterized by repeated short periods when your body involuntarily stops breathing. This condition puts your life at risk.
What Happens with Sleep Apnea?
With sleep apnea, a person’s breathing stops for several seconds. This can occur several times per hour during sleep. It causes an imbalance in carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream. The result is an oxygen deficit in the body. Over time, this condition can cause severe damage. If the damage is severe enough, it can cause death.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Most people can’t self-diagnose sleep apnea. You may wake up with a headache or feeling of exhaustion. You may remember the sensation of not breathing or your heart racing during the night. Whichever sensation you remember or feel, you need to visit a specialty dentist for help. The possibility of sleep apnea is not something to fool with. A licensed periodontist is more than qualified to help you with sleep apnea.
How would a periodontist help? There are two types of sleep apnea. One occurs when the brain fails to send the correct signal to the muscles. The other occurs when there is an obstruction in the air flow through the mouth and nose. Obstructive sleep apnea is prevalent and treatable by a periodontist.
Contact Dr. Neale Today
If you think you have sleep apnea, contact Dr. William S. Neale. He’s a great periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas. He can diagnose and offer remedies for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Neale will help you with all your periodontal needs. He and his staff care deeply about your health. Give them a call at (940) 322-0758. There’s a great discount for your first visit.