To most people, snoring is thought of as merely an annoyance, and sometimes it's even thought of as comical. Please keep in mind, however, snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. Though they may not be aware of it, their snoring is an indicator that their sleeping patterns are affected. This leads to many factors that reduce a person's quality of life. Quality sleep and its restorative properties are essential. If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, Dr. Sue Wendling is a cosmetic dentist who has helped many overcome sleep apnea.
The Greek word "apnea" means "want of breath." Sufferers of sleep apnea experience stoppage of breathing for a period of at least ten seconds more than five times of the course of one hour. Disrupting the healing powers of quality sleep is dangerous and poses many long-term health risks. Sleep is just as important for a person as eating right and being physically active.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apneics suffer many symptoms. Many experience a combination of the following symptoms and it's best to discuss these with a dental professional such as Dr. Sue Wendling.
- Increased daytime sleepiness
- Continual morning headaches/migraines
- Short term memory issues
- Inability to lose weight, even if the person is physically active
- Concentration and memorization difficulties
- Poor performance on the job or in school
- Tossing and turning during the night and waking up
- Heavy, loud snoring
If untreated, over the course of time sleep apnea can be the root cause of many health issues. Heart ailments, hypertension, muscle pain, strokes, morning headaches and excessive drowsiness are all potential problems caused by sleep apnea. Reduced alertness and sleepiness could lead to other problems, like falling asleep while driving or working. In children, sleep apnea can inhibit their ability to learn at school.
Those who feel they may suffer from sleep apnea or would like to learn more - possibly even for their spouse or friend - have a sleep apnea specialist in Dr. Sue Wendling and her team. They have helped many in the Portland, Oregon area overcome sleep apnea. Please contact Wendling Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry to schedule a consultation to discuss your symptoms.