Published: 04/20/2018

What Is Sleep Apnea and How Can It Affect Your Daily Life?

Do you ever feel unusually tired during the day, even after receiving the recommended amount of sleep at night? Has your spouse or significant other complained about your snoring, or do you wake up feeling out of breath in the middle of the night? If so, you may have a common—but dangerous—condition called sleep apnea. Although the most obvious symptoms of apnea occur at night, the condition can affect every aspect of your day-to-day life.

Sleep Apnea Types

Apnea can be divided into two general categories: central and obstructive. Central apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing. Obstructive apnea is the most common type and happens when the muscles in the throat and mouth relax and restrict airflow.

Both types cause interruptions in the flow of oxygen while you sleep. When your brain and body fail to receive adequate oxygen, a variety of symptoms can exhibit, including:

  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Dry throat and mouth
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia

These are just a few of the symptoms you may experience if you suffer from chronic sleep apnea. They can affect your day-to-day life in a negative way and make it harder to take care of your daily responsibilities. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help improve your quality of life.

Your Treatment Options

If you are diagnosed with apnea, wearing a sleep appliance at night may reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Dr. Daren Becker treats apnea with various appliances, including the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and the Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) appliance.

The CPAP machine helps keep the throat open during sleep to facilitate the continuous flow of oxygen. The EPAP is more comfortable than the CPAP and stabilizes the upper airway with each exhale so you can enjoy unobstructed breathing.

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Ready to find out what type of sleep appliance can reduce your sleep apnea symptoms? Schedule your consultation in Atlanta, GA with Dr. Becker by calling Atlanta Dental Solutions!

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