sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea

sleep apneaFairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY

Dr. Sam Guarnieri is also a certified sleep apnea dentist, making Pittsford Dental Excellence the most qualified to treat sleep-breathing disorders.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs when a person’s airway becomes either partially or completely blocked during sleep. These blockages rouse a person from sleep, causing the brain and body to receive inadequate amounts of oxygen.

These blockages can occur as many as 30 times per hour, so imagine how impossible that can make it to rest.

What happens without proper sleep?

Not getting enough quality sleep has significant adverse effects on overall physical and mental health. It makes a person feel fatigued throughout the day. It affects the ability to focus at work or in the classroom. A lack of sleep can also hinder the ability to concentrate, or make a person more irritable.

The consequences of sleep apnea can be even more severe. If left untreated, sleep apnea increases the likelihood of developing other major health problems including, but not limited to, the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Memory problems

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Loud snoring is considered one of the major warning signs of sleep apnea. If you snore loudly or have a family member that does, he or she may have sleep apnea. However, snoring is not the only symptom of this sleep-breathing disorder.

Here are some other symptoms to watch for:

  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Impotence
  • Restless sleep
  • Trouble focusing
  • Irritability or mood swings

If you have any of these behaviors, call our Pittsford, NY office today at (585) 248-2575 to schedule a consultation. These symptoms will not go away. Get your sleep apnea treated, and get your life back!

Pittsford Dental Excellence serves patients in Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.