Sleep Apnea Chesapeake
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that is unfortunately often overlooked. Patients suffering from sleep apnea stop breathing for short amounts of time regularly through the night. Not only can this cause you to miss out on a restful night’s sleep, but the long-term ramifications of oxygen deprivation can also have a serious impact on your organs, cardiovascular system, and overall health.
While anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, there are some factors that put you at a much higher risk of developing it. The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea for adults is obesity. If you’re overweight, it’s likely that you will be carrying excess fat around the neck and chest. This fatty tissue can weigh down and constrict the airway, limiting your ability to breath regularly when laying down.
Considering that the majority of US adults are now overweight or obese, there’s a good chance that the prevalence of sleep apnea will continue to increase. While losing weight is obviously the easiest and most effective way to relieve obesity-induced sleep apnea, there are a few other treatment options available to patients so relief for their sleep apnea doesn’t have to wait. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines use forced air to keep your airway open throughout the night and ensure that you’re still able to breath regularly. Similarly, airway orthotic appliances can be worn that allow your breathing to be unobstructed.
While these treatments can be hugely beneficial in relieving sleep apnea, the most effective solution is to address the cause. For individuals suffering from obesity-induced sleep apnea, losing excess weight can free up the airway and offer permanent relief. Additionally, a healthier lifestyle will offer a number of well-documented additional health benefits including improved cardiovascular health, lowered risk of stroke and certain cancers, and improved overall quality of life.
If you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, consider whether weight loss could help resolve it. In the meantime, contact our team to learn more about the short-term treatment options that could help save your life.
Paul R. Miller, D.D.S.
Quarterfield Dental Arts
7711 Quarterfield Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone: (410) 760-4445