The National Institutes of Health define sleep apnea as a common disorder in which there is one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
This results in daytime sleepiness and can lead to severe health complications per NIH such as:
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
- Increased risk of, or worsen, heart failure
- Arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats, more likely
- Increased chance of having work-related or driving accidents
Dr. Grande has received training for identifying, diagnosing and treating this life threatening condition and Grande Dental Care has a website devoted to information about sleep apnea, its symptoms, dangers, diagnosis and treatment. There is an online test you can take to find out if you might have sleep apnea.
If you suspect that you or your spouse has a snoring or sleep apnea problem, please go to www.grandedentalcaresleep.com.