Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

sleep apnea Daly City

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we often see patients who have been struggling with inadequate sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

Sleep apnea is a condition in which someone stops breathing repeatedly through the night. The stoppage may only be a few seconds, or it could go on for a minute or more. It deprives the brain of oxygen, and that’s a serious matter.

Sleep apnea happens most often in overweight men in their forties, but anyone at any age might get it. One of its symptoms is snoring.

The reluctance to request professional help is lamentable, because it takes such a high toll on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more difficult for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some odd reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea a pressing issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more fundamental than that. And inadequate sleep can cause a host of serious health issues. It also affects performance in every area of life; work, leisure pursuits, and social settings.

There are several types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles loosen and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously.

If you think you or a loved one has sleep apnea, call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We can provide treatment. We also offer dental implants and other services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Treat Sleep Apnea In Daly City

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that requires treatment by a professional. Kenneth Hovden DDS  works with sleep apnea patients in Daly City, and throughout the South San Francisco area.

People with sleep apnea stop breathing as they sleep. It can happen anywhere from a few to hundreds of times per night. When breathing stops, the brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs, which is why it is such a dangerous condition. Sleep apnea requires the diagnosis of a physician.

There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive, which is the most common; Central; and Mixed sleep apnea, which is a combination of the first two.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway. Soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.

With central sleep apnea the airway isn’t blocked. Instead, the respiratory center of the brain that control breathing don’t work right, and breathing is interrupted.

Millions of Americans are afflicted with sleep apnea, and it can affect anyone at any age. But the most common patients are overweight men who are over forty, and have a large neck with large tonsils and tongue. It also tends to run in families.

Sleep apnea puts people at risk of a range of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart failure, and heart disease.

If you or someone you love has sleep apnea, or even if you suspect it, talk to your doctor. Once it has been diagnosed, it can be treated at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also provide traditional dental services.