Millions of people aren’t getting the quality sleep they need because of sleep apnea. That’s why Dr. Badri, DDS, and our team at Dental Studio at Mark Center in Alexandria offer dedicated care and effective treatment for this sleep condition.
Sleep Apnea in Alexandria
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Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your breathing as you sleep. It’s characterized by pauses in your breathing that lasts more than 10 seconds. There are three different types of sleep apnea that can get in the way of a good night’s rest.
Obstructive sleep apnea
By far the most common type of sleep apnea, this condition happens when the muscles at the back of your throat relax as you sleep. This causes your soft palate, your tongue, and your tonsils to drop to the back of your throat, blocking your airways.
Because your airways are blocked, you don’t get enough oxygen. Your body briefly wakes you up to reopen your airways, usually so briefly that you don’t remember it. But this awakening still interferes with the quality of your sleep.
Central sleep apnea
This type of sleep apnea is caused by your brain not sending the right signals to keep you breathing. You might wake up feeling like you’re short of breath.
Complex sleep apnea syndrome
If you have both obstructive and central sleep apnea, you’re diagnosed with this syndrome.
Sleep apnea commonly causes:
- Fatigue during the day
- Loud snoring
- Dry mouth or headache when you wake up
While these symptoms are all annoying to live with, they’re nothing compared to the deeper impacts sleep apnea can have on your body. The recurring oxygen shortage sleep apnea causes is linked to:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
Clearly, getting treatment for sleep apnea in the Alexandria area is critical for both your quality of life and your long-term health.