Sleep Apnea Phoenix, AZ
You always hear how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. However, do you know why it’s so important? Sleep provides your body with the time and rests it needs to repair. It is essential for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, helping to improve your cognitive abilities and allowing you to keep control of your emotions. However, for millions of Americans, getting a good night’s sleep seems impossible. If you wake up day after day feeling completely exhausted, no matter what time you went to bed the night before, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. David R. Moyer DDS can help.
What is Sleep Apnea?
While you sleep, your body goes through several cycles. Completing these cycles is essential for getting the rest you need. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep cycles. When you have sleep apnea, you temporarily stop breathing (sometimes for as long as 90 seconds at a time) several times throughout the night. When you stop breathing, you wake up, even if you are unaware of it. This is known as an apneic event. Sleep apnea ranges in severity from mild (5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour) to severe (over 30 apneic events per sleeping hour). When you wake up this often during the night, it’s no wonder you’re tired the next morning.
Sleep Apnea Causes
Sleep apnea has three main causes:
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has many symptoms:
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed before it can be treated. To diagnose sleep apnea, you need to be evaluated by a trained sleep expert. This type of evaluation often involves a sleep study. The sleep expert can diagnose your sleep apnea (or other sleep related disorders) and help you to manage your treatment.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are a few different types of treatments that can be used to treat sleep apnea:
If quality sleep seems elusive no matter what you do, you may be living with sleep apnea. Call David R. Moyer DDS today at 480.935.6295 and find out just what we can do for you.