Sleep Apnea Treatment
Complete Our SLEEP APNEA FORMSSleep apnea affects millions of people in the United States alone, and many more cases go undiagnosed. Since sleep apnea occurs during sleep, it’s common for people not to realize they’re experiencing problems. Undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea can cause symptoms that diminish the quality of your life and can even lead to serious health problems. At StoneRidge Dental Care, our dentists can talk with you about sleep apnea, its signs and symptoms, evaluate your anatomy for common signs of one type of sleep apnea, provide you with treatment recommendations, and more.
What Is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation of breathing during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea defined by the underlying cause of the disorder:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea – This is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs as a result of a person’s throat muscles relaxing and cutting off the airway during sleep.
- Central Sleep Apnea – This form of sleep apnea occurs due to a problem with the central nervous system which prevents the brain from sending proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
- Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome – Individuals with complex sleep apnea syndrome suffer from a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep ApneaLoud snoring and the frequent cessation of breathing are the two most common and most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea. These symptoms are most commonly reported by spouses, roommates, and children of individuals with sleep apnea. If you live alone, however, there are still ways to detect signs of sleep apnea upon waking and throughout the day. These signs and symptoms include:
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Daytime drowsiness
- Gasping for air in the night
- Falling asleep during the day (hypersomnia)
- Waking with a dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
- Trouble focusing or paying attention while awake
- Irritability, depression, and moodiness
The Dangers of Untreated Sleep ApneaUntreated sleep apnea not only leads to dangers associated with daytime fatigue, such as an increased risk of accidents, but it can also lead to a variety of dangerous systemic health problems including:
- Cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and abnormal heartbeat.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Liver disease