Knoxville and Maryville, TN
The kids are back in school, and this new schedule can be hard to adjust, yet you are already struggling to get through each day. Although we could all use a little less stress and more sleep in our lives, there are millions of Americans going around with undiagnosed sleep apnea, the new silent killer. And, believe it or not, your kids could be suffering, too!
If you cannot seem to get through the day, despite your efforts to stick to a regular bedtime, consider a sleep apnea evaluation with the dentist.
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that can strike anyone of any age, even children. Although being overweight can increase your odds of developing this disorder, even athletes can suffer from it too. Sleep apnea is when the airway becomes blocked or restricted during sleep, which results in snoring or gasping for air. The soft tissue of the throat and airway are often to blame for causing the blockage. When the gasping and snoring occurs, the brain sends a signal to the body that it is not getting enough air, which means that your brain slightly awakens, just enough to disrupt that stage of deep sleep.
Since you only partially awake during these sleep apneic episodes, you may be completely unaware that you are suffering from this condition. Often, the most common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and excessive daytime fatigue. However, other symptoms include mood swings, impotence (decreased sexual drive), dry mouth or a sore throat upon waking up, headaches, weight gain, and more. It is important for your health to get screened for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be detrimental to your health, increasing your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. Untreated sleep apnea means that you are starving your body of the oxygen it needs to thrive. It can leave you feeling depressed as it interferes with your daily life, even affecting time spent with your loved ones.
When it comes to sleep apnea in kids, symptoms range from behavioral issues- often associated with ADHD or ADD, a loss of interest in school or sports, dark circles under the eyes, and snoring. It is important to have your child evaluated if you believe that he or she suffers from sleep apnea. Ignoring the issue could result in developmental issues that linger into adulthood.
If you believe that you may suffer from sleep apnea, or even if you just want to know for sure, contact us at Crestview Dental Care by calling (865) 982-1700 to schedule a consultation. We offer a convenient, yet simple method of treating sleep apnea that does not involve the use of a CPAP machine. A custom made oral appliance by Crestview Dental Care can properly align your lower jaw as to facilitate an open airway.
Crestview Dental Care provides total oral health care for individuals in the areas of Maryville and Knoxville in east Tennessee.