Sleep apnea is a condition where you airway becomes covered with tissues or your tongue during sleep. This is caused by abnormal muscle relaxation. Once the airway is covered, the individual ceases breathing. After this happens, oxygen levels in the body drop which prompts response mechanisms to activate and cause the individual to wake abruptly, gasping for air.
Restless sleep is often a result. If you think you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with our dentist at our Pasadena dental office today for an evaluation.