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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

When you imagine visiting your dentist’s office, you probably think about a dental cleaning or maybe an exam. Whatever the precise scene that plays in your mind, it is most likely one that is overtly related to your teeth in some way, shape, or form, right? At Pickens Family Dentistry, we are happy to offer treatment solutions for our patients for a wide array of health issues! These include some issues that are not even immediately or obviously related to your oral health! Our products designed to help relieve symptoms of sleep apnea, for example, can be very successful in helping you to enjoy your rest once again by allowing you to reclaim your sleep!

The Importance of Sleep

Did you know that human beings spend, on average, about one-third of their time sleeping? That probably seems like a lot to you, but it is important to keep in mind that to function well, we require an adequate amount of deep sleep every night. When we stop getting the amount of sleep we need, we tend to start to fall apart. Our lives certainly are not healthy, in other words, when we stop getting enough deep sleep in our lives. In fact, the inability to sleep well can be linked to all sorts of serious health issues, including:
•  Obesity
•  Depression
•  Stress
•  Anxiety
•  Headaches
•  Apathy

Sleep apnea, then, is a fairly serious issue when it comes to leading a healthy and happy life because it can cause a severe lack of deep sleep. Unfortunately, sleep apnea is not an issue that has very specific or pronounced symptoms. In fact, you might be surprised at just how often this kind of issue goes undiagnosed (or is misdiagnosed).

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Many individuals suffering from sleep apnea don’t even realize they have an issue because it doesn’t cause overt symptoms. Or, to be more specific, it does not cause many physical symptoms that are easily identifiable, or that cannot be confused with another issue. Snoring is a big indicator of sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, of course, but the majority of individuals with sleep apnea snore. That is because they tend to breathe forcefully when their body pulls them out of deep sleep when a pause in breathing goes on for too long. As a result, sleep apnea sufferers might snore quite loudly from time to time.

Aside from snoring, the symptoms of sleep apnea are largely mental. That is not to say that they are all in mind, but rather that our mind is the victim hit the heaviest by sleep apnea. Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea include:
•  Depression
•  Fatigue
•  Lack of Ambition
•  Apathy
•  Increased Stress
•  Decreased Cognitive Function
•  Inability to Concentrate

As you can see, sleep apnea affects our minds in a big way. That is because both our body and our mind rely on deep sleep to help heal and gear up for another day. When that sleep is interrupted, again and again, it begins to take a toll pretty quickly.

For more information about sleep apnea and how we can help, contact Pickens Family Dentistry today at (360) 254-6411!
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