Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: Risks and Complications

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: Risks and Complications

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If you suffer from sleep apnea, there’s a very good chance you may also have high blood pressure (hypertension). Sleep apnea prevents your body from breathing properly while sleeping. When this happens, your body and brain cannot get enough oxygen to function correctly. Your heart begins to work harder to get oxygen, causing hypertension.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has always been closely associated with high blood pressure. That’s why treating sleep apnea can be the first step to lowering hypertension. Sleep apnea treatments vary from using a CPAP machine to lifestyle changes to oral appliances. 

At the Encino Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we offer comprehensive treatment and education for sleep apnea. When patients understand what factors can put them at risk, and what health matters may arise, we can all be better prepared to treat OSA. 

Risk Factors

In addition to sleep apnea, other factors that can put a patient at risk for high blood pressure include:

  • Excessive weight
  • Age
  • Smoking 
  • Poor diet
  • Taking cold medicine
  • Lack of exercise

Many of these factors can be easily remedied. Taking steps such as quitting smoking and improving your diet can not only improve your high blood pressure but improve your overall health as well. 

Consequences of High Blood Pressure

Without intervention, high blood pressure can cause serious health risks such as:

  • Heart complications such as heart disease and heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Preeclampsia, if pregnant
  • Eye damage

Solutions

What can be done to prevent high blood pressure? And what can be done to treat it once hypertension has been diagnosed? The first step is to eliminate your risk factors. Our sleep dentist, Dr. Simmons, may recommend certain steps to minimize your OSA symptoms. 

Some of these steps include:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved Diet 
  • Refraining from tobacco or alcohol products
  • CPAP treatment
  • Sleep positioning
  • Oral appliance treatment

Once those steps have been taken, you may be referred to a cardiologist to help prevent any further damage. 

Your Sleep Powers Your Mind and Body

You need sleep. Without it, both your brain and body suffer. At the Encino Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we know what a diagnosis can do for someone. If you think you may have sleep apnea, contact our Encino office at (818) 300-0070 to schedule a consultation. 

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5 Common Causes of Sleep Apnea

5 Common Causes of Sleep Apnea

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When dealing with sleep apnea, patients sometimes feel desperate to uncover the root cause of their sleep disorder. Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, lack of sleep, irritability and so many other health concerns that finding the cause can feel like an immediate need. There are many causes of sleep apnea, and it may take some time to determine the root cause.

At The Encino Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most common causes of sleep apnea. This list is non-exhaustive— if you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact us to set up a consultation and see if you may benefit from a sleep study.

Excess Weight

Excess weight is one of the easiest causes of sleep apnea to eliminate. When fat deposits settle near the throat, your airway can become obstructed. This may be the first thing your doctor looks at to treat sleep apnea. While losing weight may not come easy to every patient, it’s far easier to remove weight than it is to discard age or genetics.

Genetics

Sometimes the odds are just against us. Some genetic factors, such as gender and family history, can leave patients predisposed to living with sleep apnea. According to the Mayo Clinic, men are 2 to 3 times more likely to have sleep apnea than women.

Alcohol Use

Alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers are depressants, which means they relax muscles. When the throat and tongue muscles relax beyond their normal rate, it can obstruct the airway and make breathing difficult during sleep. If you’re dealing with sleep apnea, it’s best to avoid such substances so your apnea doesn’t get worse.

Health Conditions

Many health conditions, from hormonal disorders to heart failure to type 2 diabetes, can have an effect on sleep and the throat muscles. At the Encino Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we recommend talking to your doctor about treatment for your condition in tandem with a sleep dentist to alleviate your sleep apnea.

Congestion

This cause may just take some time to solve. Congestion clogs the airway and causes difficulty breathing. You can alleviate these difficulties by taking allergy medications, sleeping with a humidifier, or taking a steamy shower to clear the congestion.

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3 Tips for Traveling With Sleep Apnea

Travel Worry Free

When the quality of your sleep and your health depends on a piece of medical equipment, planning a trip can seem like a daunting task. If you are taking a vacation, rest and relaxation are at the top of the to-do list. With sleep apnea, the key to getting some R&R is bringing your CPAP machine with you on your trip.

It can be intimidating to think about bringing your medical machine with you on a trip or a plane. Thankfully, Encino Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders has put together the top 3 tips for worry-free traveling with sleep apnea.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Before you even leave your house, make sure your equipment is in tip-top shape. Clean your CPAP machine, dry it, and make sure you have any old parts replaced. Proper maintenance is essential to making sure you can breathe well during your sleep and ensure that there are no issues with your machine.

Bring Your Own Pillow

You can’t rely on hotel pillows to always give you the proper support you need when you have sleep apnea. To free your airway as best as possible, it is recommended to have your head elevated while you sleep. To guarantee you get the support you need to have a peaceful sleep, bring your pillow with you from home. This will allow you to rest while your airway gets the proper elevation at night.

Make Sure Your CPAP Is Following Airline Guidelines

Every airline has different requirements for traveling with a CPAP machine. We advise confirming with your airline what you need to do to travel on their planes. Some things you may find helpful during air travel are:

  • Calling the airline’s accessibility desk and inform them if you plan to use your CPAP machine on the plane
  • Transport it in a plastic bag and keep a copy of your CPAP prescription on hand to make for easier TSA passage
  • Do not check your CPAP machine in with luggage. The last thing you want is for your medical equipment to be lost. Always bring your CPAP as a carry-on.

Breathe Easy In Encino, CA

At Encino Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we want to make sure you’re getting the best care for your sleep apnea. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, please talk to your primary care physician and contact us at (818) 300-0070 or by filling out our online contact form.

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5 Tips For a Better CPAP Experience

5 Tips For a Better CPAP Experience

Living with sleep apnea can make falling asleep and, more importantly, staying asleep a nightly struggle. Even using a CPAP machine can come with its own challenges. Some patients find the mask difficult to keep on while they sleep. Others struggle because their machine’s settings aren’t customized for them, or because there are features on the CPAP machine that they’re unaware of. 

At the Encino Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we know that proper use of a CPAP machine can make a world of difference. To give our patients the best chance at a good night’s sleep, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top tips for CPAP success. 

Make Sure Your Mask is the Correct Size

If your CPAP mask doesn’t fit properly, it can make it difficult for you to breathe easily through the night. An ill-fitting mask can also result in a dry throat or a stuffy nose. If your mask is too tight, you may notice red marks on your face when you wake. However, if it’s too loose, you won’t receive the full benefits of your CPAP machine.

Finding the right fit may take some trial and error, as there’s a wide variety of mask shapes, sizes, and styles. However, once you’ve found the perfect mask, you can begin to enjoy a more restful night’s sleep. 

Keep it Clean

Your CPAP can come into contact with any number of things between uses. Skin cells, bacteria, and moisture can interfere with CPAP machines or make them unsanitary to use, which is why it’s so important to keep your CPAP clean. A clean CPAP runs more smoothly and will help you avoid getting sick.

While purpose-made cleaning supplies are available, they aren’t necessary. Simply wash the pieces of your machine with warm water and mild soap before hanging them to dry during the day. 

Give It Some Time

Sleeping with a mask over your face can take some getting used to. If you’re feeling claustrophobic at night, it can be helpful to wear the mask around your house during the day. This isn’t something you’ll be used to the first night you bring it home, but remember that treating your sleep apnea is highly beneficial to your long-term health. 

Put the “Ramp” Feature to Use

Some people have difficulty falling asleep with the airflow from their CPAP machine at full force. Luckily, many CPAP machines have a “ramp” feature. This setting will slowly build the air pressure over time, so you won’t even notice the change in pressure as you drift to sleep. 

If you’re considering using this feature, talk with your doctor to determine the optimal air pressure levels for treating your sleep apnea.

Make Sure You Have The Right Machine

Just like masks can vary in size and shape, many CPAP machines are available as well. Shop around for CPAP machines to find one that has settings and features that will enable you to sleep in complete comfort. Talk with your doctor to discuss your needs and find the best machine for you. 

Find Relief From Your Sleep Apnea

At Encino Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we want to make sure you’re getting the best care for your sleep apnea. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, please talk to your primary care physician and contact us at (818) 300-0070 or by filling out our online contact form.

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Anxiety?

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Anxiety?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can wreak havoc on almost every aspect of your life. Night after night, patients with sleep apnea are deprived of the quality sleep they need to feel their best and make sound decisions. When you consistently fail to reach deep levels of sleep, your body doesn’t have a chance to fully repair itself. You’ll end up feeling exhausted with a number of serious health consequences just around the corner.

Sleep apnea has been associated with posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosis, substance abuse, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. In one study, it was found that patients with sleep apnea are almost three times as likely to suffer from depression. Patients with sleep apnea are also twice as likely to have anxiety. Sleep apnea patients also have a significantly higher risk for panic attacks than individuals without the condition.

The Link Between Sleep Apnea & Anxiety

Repeatedly losing sleep creates a deficit in your sleep bank which makes it difficult to handle stressful situations and can lead to anxiety. While there’s a definite connection between sleep apnea and anxiety, it’s unclear whether the loss of sleep is causing anxiety or anxiety that is causing the disorder.

Unfortunately, it may also be a two-way connection. Patients who suffer from anxiety might be at a higher risk for developing a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. This means that if you treat one of the conditions, you should alleviate the other as well. 

Our Treatments For Sleep Apnea 

Now that you understand the link between sleep apnea and anxiety, you may wonder which treatment is best for you. Treating anxiety typically consists of medication in combination with long-term counseling. While this may be a solution for some, medication comes with its own list of dangerous side effects.

Fortunately, Dr. Simmons offers a conservative approach that consists of the use of an oral appliance and lifestyle modifications. An oral appliance works by gently shifting your jaw forward to prevent your airway from collapsing. In addition to an oral appliance, Dr. Simmons will recommend certain lifestyle alterations, such as regular exercise and positional therapy. This will ensure you’re getting a well-rounded treatment that can address your sleep apnea and your anxiety.

Conservative Treatment Without Medication 

When you’re faced with sleep apnea and anxiety, Dr. Simmons can help treat your sleep apnea, which can in turn solve your anxiety. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Simmons by calling (818) 300-0070. We’ll help you get the rest you need to treat both your anxiety and your sleep apnea. 

Dr. Simmons is an American Dental Association recognized specialist in orofacial pain and has his master’s degree in sleep medicine from a leading international medical school sleep medicine program. Dr. Simmons is also double-board credentialed in both orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine by the two leading internationally recognized credentialing organization

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Is Sleep Apnea Genetic?

Is Sleep Apnea Genetic?

Sleep apnea is caused by a variety of factors–some of these are environmental factors that we can control, while others are handed down at birth. Genetic predispositions are inherited and interact to form characteristics that makeup obstructive sleep apnea, also called OSA. 

Genetic traits that are known to cause OSA include a combination of the following: Model of DNA

  • Sleep-wake cycle
  • Narrowed airway
  • Communication between nerve cells
  • Large tonsils
  • Small lower jaw
  • Large neck circumference
  • Appetite control
  • Shape of your face and skull
  • Body fat distribution
  • Heart disease
  • Neural control of the upper airway muscles. 

In fact, between 35 to 40 percent of sleep apnea cases are due to your genetic makeup and the more relatives you have with sleep apnea, the greater your risk for developing the dangerous disorder. If a parent has sleep apnea, you’re 50% more likely to suffer from the condition. Unfortunately, it’s not just the disorder that’s hereditary– the severity of the condition can also be inherited.

While many people associate obesity with sleep apnea, it’s important to realize that people who are fit, or even children can suffer from the condition, especially if there’s a family history of the disorder. While lifestyle factors makeup the majority of cases for sleep apnea, genetic causes shouldn’t be overlooked. 

If you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms and have a family member with sleep apnea, it’s vital that you undergo a sleep study for a proper diagnosis so that we can begin treatment right away.

Your Journey to a Healthy Night’s Rest Starts Now

There are various causes of sleep apnea and Dr. Simmons has the knowledge and expertise to minimize your symptoms so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy night’s rest. Contact our office to schedule a consultation by calling (818)-300-0070

Dr. Simmons is an American Dental Association recognized specialist in orofacial pain and has a Masters in sleep medicine from a leading international medical school sleep medicine program. Dr. Simmons is also double-board credentialed in both orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine by the two leading internationally recognized credentialing organizations in these two fields of study. 

With his decades of experience and extensive education, he can perform a thorough evaluation and find a treatment that serves you best.

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Tracking Your Sleep Using a Fitbit

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Tracking Your Sleep Using a Fitbit

A good night’s rest is vitally important to nearly every aspect of your life. If you’re getting quality rest, you’ll have less stress and better overall health. On the other hand, if you’re spending your nights tossing and turning, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, weight gain, and a weakened immune system. 

Luckily, there are gadgets on the market that track the quality of your sleep so you can ensure that you’re getting the rest you need for a good day ahead. 

Fitbit Breaks Down the Data

There are various Fitbit models that have the technology to track your sleep cycles. These models have sensors that track your movements and your heart rate to determine which cycle you’re in and for how long. 

Fitbit groups together similar cycles so you can easily digest information at a glance. For example, there are normally 5 stages of sleep, but Fitbit simplifies it to four, including awake, light, deep, and REM. You’ll receive an overall sleep score for the night and you can see your trends over time and even compare them to others.

Fitbit & Wellness

You can also set up sleep goals that will remind you when you should start getting ready for bed so you get the recommended amount of sleep. Fitbit will wake you up with a silent vibration at your desired time, or you can choose to be woken up at the ideal time in your sleep cycle. 

Fitbit also tracks your steps throughout the day and continuously monitors your heart rate so you have an accurate depiction of your resting heart rate. This helps to customize your workout routines and will notify you of which workout zone you’re in or if your heart rate spikes throughout the day.

All of this information combined will help you on your wellness journey. By understanding your sleep patterns and activity levels, you’ll be able to set personalized fitness goals and ensure you’re getting the rest you need for a healthy life. 

The Latest Fitbit Technology

In September 2019, Fitbit released its first model that contained a new tracking feature called Sleep Score best (SpO2). The feature can help detect health issues like allergies, asthma, and sleep apnea. In addition to monitoring your heart rate and movement, this new technology has a sensor that measures the blood’s oxygen level. 

While the wearable technology may not have the capability to diagnose sleep apnea, it can be a stepping stone to understanding your sleep patterns and help you determine if you should see a sleep specialist who can diagnose the disorder so you can get the treatment you need. 

Monitor Your Wellness

When it comes to your health, it pays to be your strongest advocate. By utilizing wearable technology, you can make minor tweaks in your routine that make a big difference. It can also provide you with insight into potential health issues related to your sleep patterns. 

If you’re showing signs of sleep apnea, or your wearable technology is indicating that there’s a problem with your sleep cycles, schedule a consultation with Dr. Simmons by calling (818) 300-0070. We’ll be happy to help you on your road to recovery.

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The Best Pillows for Sleep Apnea

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The Best Pillows for Sleep Apnea

When it comes to sleep apnea, a holistic approach will always yield better results. There are various treatment methods that complement each other and can be combined to meet your individual needs. In addition to weight loss and an oral appliance, Dr. Simmons may recommend positional therapy. 

Positional Therapy

Positional therapy focuses on situating yourself in a way that will help to keep your airway open while you sleep. While some patients prefer to sleep on their backs, this is typically the position that allows gravity to collapse your airway and a sleep apnea event to occur. 

The ideal sleeping position for patients with sleep apnea is on either side or your stomach. However, it can be difficult to retrain yourself on how to sleep, and it won’t entirely keep the symptoms at bay. With positional therapy, you’ll utilize the help of a pillow to ensure you’re in a less vulnerable position. 

Types of Pillows 

The best types of pillows are made of foam or memory foam– these types of pillows adapt to the contours of your spine and mitigate the risk of a sleep apnea event. When searching for a pillow designed to help with your sleep apnea symptoms, you’ll want to focus on the shape of the pillow. 

Sleep apnea pillows are designed to cater to your preferred sleeping position. Contour pillows are ideal for patients who prefer to sleep on their sides and wedge pillows are for patients who sleep on their backs. 

Contour pillows work by keeping your neck straight to prevent your throat from collapsing. Wedge pillows place your body at an inclined angle to prevent gravity from closing your throat. A firm pillow will provide the best results.

If you use a CPAP machine, there are contour pillows and wedge pillows that can improve your comfort when wearing the appliance by supporting the mask and allowing additional room for the tubes. 

Final Thoughts

There are several types of pillows on the market that can improve your sleep apnea symptoms. Some pillows may be more comfortable than others and you may have to search until you find one that works for you and helps keep your airway open. 

If you’d like, Dr. Simmons can provide some recommendations to fit your needs. While you may see some improvements with positional therapy, it’s best used in combination with tried and true methods like an oral appliance or CPAP machine to ensure you’re getting the rest you need.

Contact Dr. Simmons For Sleep Apnea Treatment

There are certain lifestyle modifications that may complement traditional treatment methods to provide a well-rounded approach. Dr. Simmons believes in utilizing various treatments to meet your individual needs, so we can tackle your symptoms from every angle and you can get a better night’s rest. 

Contact our office to schedule a consultation by calling (818) 300-0070 or fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you soon.

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Understanding Your Sleep Cycles

Understanding Your Sleep Cycles

When you slip into your slumber for the evening, there are numerous factors that play a role in the quality of sleep you experience throughout the night. Are you restless, or restful? Will you wake up several times throughout the night, or sleep soundly? How synchronized are you with your circadian rhythm? Understanding the habits that make up a healthy sleep routine is vital if you want to experience a full night of rest followed by an energized day.

Elements that Define Sleep Quality 

Here are a few elements that determine the quality of your sleep:

Circadian Rhythm

Your circadian rhythm is your body’s internal clock. It lets you know when you should start powering down for the night and it’s the reason you might wake up one minute before your alarm goes off. 

It’s also affected by light. When the sun sets and rises, the light — or lack thereof — sends a signal to your brain that it’s time to wake up or start slowing down to get ready for bed soon. When you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, your body will adapt to the routine so you’ll have restful nights followed by refreshing mornings.

Time Changes

If you live in one of the 47 states that participate in daylight savings time, you know that when the clock turns forward or back, it can take some getting used to. The same goes for when you travel and experience jet lag. The sudden time shifts can throw off your sleep schedule and leave you feeling jet-lagged.

Seasons and Surroundings 

As the seasons change, the temperature can shift inside your house, making it more challenging to fall asleep. If temperatures are too warm or cold, you’ll find yourself tossing and turning. The ideal temperature is on the cooler side. This allows your body to enjoy the benefits of your deepest levels of sleep.

Watching TV or working from bed may cause your mind to associate the bed with these activities, instead of just sleeping. You may also want to start a nightly routine that doesn’t include technology because the blue light can affect your sleeping patterns.

Alcohol and medications 

Alcohol and other sedatives may help you fall asleep, but they won’t keep you in your slumber. As the night progresses and the effects wear off, your sleep will become lighter and you may find yourself in and out of consciousness. Therefore, the quality of sleep you experience will not be the same as it would with a sober night of rest. 

Other medications may have the opposite effect, keeping you up for the first half of the night until you fall asleep out of pure exhaustion. Diet pills, some antidepressants, and ADD/ADHD medications are considered stimulants that may leave you feeling restless.

Stress and mindset

Whether you’ve experienced a life-changing event, or just a bad day, you may find that your mind is racing and you can’t calm it down. You can help clear your mind by practicing breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation.

Diet and exercise

Sticking to a healthy diet that’s low in sugar and fat will help ensure you’re on the road to a peaceful night’s sleep. It’s especially important to avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar, and caffeine prior to bed as they can cause your sleep to be fragmented.

Exercise aids in restful sleep because it tires you out and produces endorphins, which improve the quality of your sleep.

Napping

Napping can be helpful if you’re sleep-deprived. However, napping longer than 30-60 minutes or after 3:00 pm may make it difficult to sleep when it’s time.

Cycles of Your Slumber

Sleep is a natural way for our minds to process the day’s events and for our bodies to restore to their strongest potential — that is, if you get a good night’s sleep. Throughout the night you’ll experience several cycles of sleep. 

Each cycle consists of four stages that contain periods of REM or non-REM. Here’s an explanation of the four stages:

Stage N1 – Non-REM – You’ll experience decreased alertness and light sleep. Your heart rate, breathing, brainwaves, and eye movements slow. Your muscles also relax and you may experience some twitches. 

Stage N2 – Non-REM – The body’s processes slow down even further. Heart rate, breathing, and muscles are more relaxed, body temperature drops, and eye movement stops. Brain wave activity continues to slow down but has an occasional burst of electrical activity.

Stage N3 – Non-REM – This is the most important stage of sleep that will leave you feeling rested in the morning. Heart rate, breathing, and brainwaves are at their slowest, and muscles are relaxed. It may be difficult to arouse someone in this stage of sleep.

Stage R – REM usually first occurs about 90 minutes after you fall asleep. Even though the brain is more active, your arms and legs become temporarily paralyzed. Most of your dreaming will occur in REM. Eyes are closed but move rapidly. Breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure are less regulated. The first period of REM lasts only ten minutes, and these REM periods repeat about every 90 minutes with increased time in REM and the final stage can last up to an hour.

Dr. Simmons is Here to Help

Many of the factors that contribute to sleep quality can be trained and harmonized so you can wake with newfound energy and zest for life. Dr. Simmons has decades of experience in improving the quality of sleep for people who need it most. 

He’ll work with you to determine which habits need to be addressed and provide treatment options that are tailored to your needs. Give our Encino, CA office a call at (818)-300-0070 and start to feel the benefits of a good night’s rest.

Dr. Simmons is an American Dental Association recognized specialist in orofacial pain and has a Masters in sleep medicine from a leading international medical school sleep medicine program. Dr. Simmons is also double-board credentialed in both orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine by the two leading internationally recognized credentialing organizations in these two fields of study. With his decades of experience and extensive education, you can expect your evaluation to be very thorough so we can find a treatment that serves you best.

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5 Shocking Things that Happen When Your Brain is Deprived of Oxygen

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5 Shocking Things that Happen When Your Brain is Deprived of Oxygen

When you think about holding your breath underwater for long periods of time, just the thought can feel suffocating. It’s likely you’ve experienced a breathless moment that’s left a jarring memory, similar to touching your hand to a hot stove or oven. You learn your lesson and try to avoid the harmful stimulus. 

Your brain needs oxygen to fuel the cells that are vital in carrying out various functions within your body. When you experience moments of apnea — cessation of air — your mind will undergo stages of increasing intensity with passing time. These stages include:

  1. 60 seconds – Damage has not yet occurred, however, repeated periods of oxygen deprivation, like that found in sleep apnea, can have lasting effects
  2. 3 minutes – Neurons are further destroyed and irreparable damage is likely
  3. <5 minutesBrain cells begin dying 
  4. 5 minutes – Death is around the corner
  5. 10 minutes – If the brain is alive it will be in a state of coma and irreversible damage is almost unavoidable

Every Second Counts

Similar to experiencing irreversible damage for minutes without air, just seconds of repeated periods of oxygen loss are associated with long-term health consequences. Sleep apnea is a disorder that’s characterized by repeated pauses in breathing throughout the course of sleep. 

When this happens, your body will wake you up just enough to get the air it needs. This can leave you feeling exhausted and longing for your bed throughout the day.

Even though the disorder is largely undiagnosed, it comes with a slew of symptoms and complications if left untreated. Sleep apnea is linked to symptoms such as fatigue, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, snoring, and gasping for air during sleep. Some of these symptoms can also lead to relationship issues. 

If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious complications such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches

Contact Us For Your Sleep Apnea Needs

There are several ways to treat sleep apnea and we’ll find the one that’s right for you. Give us a call at (818) 300-0070 and let us help you on your road to a healthy night’s rest.

Dr. Simmons is an American Dental Association recognized specialist in orofacial pain and has his masters degree in sleep medicine from a leading international medical school sleep medicine program. Dr. Simmons is also double-board credentialed in both orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine by the two leading internationally recognized credentialing organizations.

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