Shore Dental SleepCare office maintains the highest standards of care in Monmouth and Ocean County. Under the direction of owner/operator Dr. Young, DDS, we would like to extend our passion for treating sleep apnea by providing the article below.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can Affect your Daily Productivity

Wall-shaking snores, lapses in breathing, constant tossing and turning. What may seem like your everyday sleep problems could be pointing towards a more serious condition – a condition that affects more than sleep, but the very ability to function as an effective employee throughout the already demanding work week.

Up to a third of Americans live with a sleep disorder called obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

A disorder many aren’t aware they’re experiencing due to its subtle symptoms. OSA occurs when an airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep, meaning the brain — and the rest of the body — are not receiving the amount of oxygen required to function properly and efficiently.

Each apnea is a separate cessation of breathing during the sleep cycle. In mild cases, for example, individuals may experience between 5 and 15 cessations per hour. In severe circumstances, however, individuals can experience up to 70 apneas per hour. In these cases, blood oxygen levels drop dangerously low, which can lead to even more serious conditions such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

But the most immediate symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are the ones that plague individuals during the 9-to-5, and happen to be the ones most commonly overlooked.

Many of my patients complain of feeling “out of it” at their job and at home, as if they’re a zombie-like version of their former selves. They’re often surprised to learn that the failure to remember things like meeting times, the inability to concentrate on projects and a general sense of exhaustion throughout the work day are all attributable to obstructive sleep apnea.

Patients at Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center in Atlanta undergo what’s known as an overnight sleep study, where their sleep is monitored by technicians who determine the severity of their condition. Following the study, patients are often fitted with a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP), which uses air pressure to open the throat, and prevents the airway from collapsing.

Within months after beginning the necessary CPAP treatment, patients suffering from sleep apnea are often relieved to return to the clarity, productivity and alertness previously lost to the debilitating effects of sleep apnea.


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