What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Posted by MOST DENTAL on Jun 24 2021, 08:48 AM

What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. It causes your breathing to stop and start repeatedly while you are sleeping. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea. 

The medical community recognizes sleep apnea as a life-shortening illness, yet millions of people are unaware of it.

At Most Dental, Las Vegas, we know all about sleep apnea and about how the quality of life of people suffering from this illness can be improved. Keep reading to learn what sleep apnea is all about and how you can cope with it.

Types of Sleep Apnea

The three types of sleep apnea are:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

Also known as OSA, this condition occurs due to a blockage of the airway. OSA occurs when the tongue and the soft palate collapse to seal off the back of your throat and close your airway. 

OSA is also the most diagnosed sleep apnea in patients. When left untreated, it can lead to chronic heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and fibrillation.

  • Central Sleep Apnea

Central Sleep Apnea causes a person to wake up gasping for air as the brain fails to send the right signals to the body to properly control breathing. 

This condition can damage a person’s quality of life considerably as it affects their sleep and reduces oxygenation of the blood.

  • Mixed Sleep Apnea

As the name suggests, mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the two previous conditions. It can begin as a central apnea and end in an obstructive apnea. 

In severe cases, a person can wake up many times during the night, and even more so during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The symptoms of sleep apnea are as follows:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring 
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty focusing on things during the day
  • Irritability
  • Waking up with a dry mouth

Is Sleep Apnea Treatable?

Yes. Sleep apnea can be treated with a variety of Positive Airway Pressure machines and temporomandibular devices. While the former uses a stream of compressed air to help you breathe, the latter helps keep your airways open.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that is treatable with the right approach. To discuss the best treatment options, reach out to our dentist Dr. Michael Most, DDS, by calling (702) 871-0304, scheduling an online appointment, or by walking into our office at 6392 W Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas 89146.

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