What Is Sleep Apnea?

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Stumpf-Caputo Dental is dedicated to helping you be at your best. Getting a good night’s sleep is a huge component and essential to health and a better quality of life. We work with your doctor to help manage your sleep apnea and snoring concerns.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airway collapses (or partially collapses)during sleep and blocks or limits the flow of air to the lungs.

The person tries to continue to breathe, but the harder they try, the tighter the airway closes.

Eventually, the brain “wakes up” the person to a lighter level of sleep and the person will reposition their jaw and tongue to open the airway- usually with a gasp or snort.

The sleeper will then usually start the whole process over again. This can happen hundreds of times per night!!

Stages Of Sleep Apnea

Obviously, being suffocated many times per hour will result in a less that restful night of sleep. There are four main stages of sleep.

  • Stage one- Transition sleep: This should account for roughly 5% of total sleep time.
  • Stage two- Light Sleep: This should account for about 45% of total sleep time.
  • Stage Three-Deep Sleep: This is when he body heals itself and performs many important reparative functions. Ideally, this should account for 25% of total sleep time. People who have a lack of deep sleep tend to be physically tired and notice more general pain.
  • REM- Rapid Eye Movement (REM sleep): This is where most of your memorable dreaming comes from. It should account for about 25% of your sleep time. People that have a lack of REM sleep tend to feel mentally tired and have a difficult time concentrating.

It is crucial that we get the necessary amount of deep sleep and REM sleep so that we can live happy, healthy lives. We can help you reach this goal. Contact our office today. (262) 970-0111

Linked Health Issues

Sleep apnea is also considered a risk factor for several serious health problems, such as:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Artial Fibrillation
  • Dementia

Affects Sleep Partner

Sleep apnea can also adversely affect the sleep of the bed partner of the person with sleep apnea. Please click the link to read a study done by the Mayo Clinic on the effect of sleep apnea and snoring on the bed partner.