What is Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that millions of Americans suffer from. It is characterized by difficult and abnormal breathing while asleep, often marked by loud snoring. If you are one of the many people suffering from this common condition, you should know that HomeTown Dental at Belknap is here to help provide relief.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three major forms of sleep apnea. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which is when the throat muscles relax, allowing the airway to become physically obstructed. Central sleep apnea is a neurological condition that occurs when the brain’s connection to the respiratory muscles becomes disrupted. Some people suffer from both obstructive and central sleep apnea, a condition referred to as complex sleep apnea syndrome or mixed sleep apnea.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Regardless of what kind of sleep apnea you might have, all three forms share some similar symptoms. Besides snoring and difficulty breathing, or even paused breathing, sleep apnea can disrupt sleep so that you feel more tired during the day and wake up with headaches. This can also make you more prone to irritability and can make it difficult to focus or concentrate on everyday tasks.
What Are the Causes of Sleep Apnea?
The underlying cause of sleep apnea depends on the type. Obstructive sleep apnea is often caused by obesity, smoking, congestion, sedatives like alcohol, sleeping on your back, and even the shape of your anatomy. Central sleep apnea can occur as a consequence of another medical condition, such as a stroke, brain infection, or even brain tumor.
How Can Your Sleep Apnea Be Treated?
No matter what type of sleep apnea you have or what is causing it, left untreated sleep apnea can develop into a serious condition. Sleep deprivation can have a major impact on your mood and ability to work effectively. Sleep apnea can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart and liver problems. Treating sleep apnea should be a priority for anyone diagnosed with this disorder.
While making lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoking, and drinking less can all help, one highly effective option that a growing number of patients with obstructive sleep apnea are opting for is the use of an oral appliance. This is a specialized dental device we custom-fit to you. While you sleep, it assists in keeping your airways wide open so that you can breathe easily all night long. We offer a variety of different oral appliances to fit every patient’s unique needs. Other treatment methods are more invasive and surgical, or require drugs.
Still Have More Questions About Sleep Apnea?
If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea, including how easy it can be to treat it with advanced oral appliance therapy, then reach out to HomeTown Dental at Belknap at 682-204-5735 today. We are looking forward to hearing from you, and helping you discover how easy it can be to safely, effectively, and affordably treat your sleep apnea!