Are you sleepy all throught your day with no specific explanation? Has your bed patner complained about your snoring or you wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If your answer to all of these symptoms are yes, then you may be one of more than twelve-million Americans who are suffering from sleep apnea.

What defines sleep apnea condition?

Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, this results in the shortage of oxygen that sends signal to your brain, which for a short period wakes you up to let you breath properly. Since the time spent awake is so little, most people suffering from sleep apnea don't even remember that they were abruptly woken up at night, and many feel like they are getting a good sleep, when the fact is that their sleep is disturbed many times. The continous wake and sleep process cycle can be a hindrance to those with sleep apnea from getting a good deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Below mentioned are the few symptoms of sleep apnea

  • Sleeplessness or Difficulty in sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Sudden wakening at night with shortness for breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Feeling sdrowsy during the day

Different Categories of sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea is categorised into 3 types, there are:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This most common type and occurs due to a physical obstruction, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This is less common and in this you stop breathing because the muscles associatedare not able to receive the proper signal from the brain.
  3. "Mixed" or "Complex" Sleep Apnea: This is a combination of the both the above 2 mentioned categories

What are the risk factors associated with sleep apnea?

According to studies conducted it is observed that obstructive sleep apnea is more common in males incomparison to females, and also more common in older adults (40+) than younger adults and smaller kids. Nevertheless, anyone - regardless of the statics or studies undertaken can be suscpected to sleep apnea. Other risk factors that promote sleep apnea is: being overweight, smoking, drinking, and also family history can play a role. Central sleep apnea strikes most often in people suffering with heart problems, strokes, or brain tumors. It is also more common in males.

Is sleep apnea dangerous?

If left untreated Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem which can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke. The current state of tiredness caused by sleep apnea can lead to concentration problems at work or school, as well as it can be quite dangerous while driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea also cause problems while taking medication or undergoing a surgery; sedation given by anesthesia can be as risky, as sleeping straight in bed after an operation. If you know or suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, Inform your doctor before undergoing any surgery or taking any prescribed medicines

sleep apnea - Treament procedure?

Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the seriousness of each individual case, and the type of apnea. A basic case of sleep apnea can be treated by behavorial changes to your lifestyle like the patients maybe instructed to lose their weight, quit smoking, or sleep on their sides instead of on their backs. Apart from that, oral devices can be used to help prevents throat blockage. In more complex cases, surgery may be suggested by your dentist as an option.

What should you do if you know that someone in your family has sleep apnea?

Visit our dental practice, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. The specialist may suggest to undergo a "sleep study" to evaluate the severity of the problem, and can prescribe appropriate treatment. Depending on the severity of the sleep apnea, treatment procedures may include an oral device that we can custom-create for you.

Sleep Appliances

There are many types of sleep appliances that are specially designed to move the jaw slightly ahead and keep the airway open during sleep. Our team takes impressions of patients’ teeth and gets the appliance designed. The appliances ensure that patients get proper sleep and are free from risk of other general health problems. To know more about the various types of oral health appliances click on the link below.



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