Sleep apnea can cause snoring and daytime sleepiness, along with high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke.
If you live with this potentially dangerous condition, it's likely that you — and your partner — aren't getting a lot of rest.
Peak Family Dentistry in Albuquerque, NM, can help you find relief from sleep apnea with treatments such as oral appliance therapy.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when your airways are obstructed during sleep, causing you to wake throughout the night. Sleep apnea can lead to hazardous complications, or even death. Though the idea of living with this condition may cause you anxiety, it is treatable with the help of sleep medicine.
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The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Each symptom of sleep apnea should be taken seriously. If you experience a combination of the items on this list, visit Peak Family Dentistry in Albuquerque, NM, for an initial consultation.
- Waking throughout the night
- Poor sleep quality
- Headaches after you wake up
- Dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
The 3 Main Types of Sleep Apnea
This is the most frequently diagnosed type of sleep apnea. It leads the muscles in the back of your throat to relax, obstructing your upper airway as its name suggests. Then, since no oxygen can flow through your airway, you may begin snoring or startle awake without knowing why.
Central sleep apnea results from faulty brain activity. Essentially, your mind will try to relay the command to breathe, but the signal doesn't reach the muscles of your airways or your lungs. If your body cannot successfully take in oxygen you will likely awaken so you can breathe in earnest.
Some people experience both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. These two sleep disorders can co-occur, resulting in something known as mixed sleep apnea. While it's rarer, some patients do experience this version of sleep apnea.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
High Blood Pressure
Low Oxygen Levels
What Is Sleep Medicine — And How Can It Help Me?
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dentistry that focuses on improving a patient’s quality of sleep through oral therapy. Oral therapy is often a great benefit to patients that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
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What Can Cause Sleep Apnea?
A variety of physical and lifestyle factors can contribute to sleep apnea. Though you cannot control them all, you can implement lifestyle changes to reduce the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea.
Some of the factors that can cause sleep apnea include:
- Large tonsils
- Nasal congestion
- Tapered airways
- Being overweight
- Family history of sleep apnea
How Can You Diagnose My Sleep Apnea?
From daytime exhaustion to keeping your partner up all night with your snoring, sleep apnea can truly take its toll. However, it's treatable!
First, though, you need a diagnosis. Here's how the process works for confirming you have a sleep disorder.
Patients trust Dr. Billie Adams to provide relief for their obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Oral appliance therapy uses a custom-fitted, removable mouthpiece called a mandibular advancement appliance to alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. This option is less involved than a CPAP machine, and it requires less maintenance, too.
It repositions your jaw and tongue, allowing oxygen to steadily flow through your upper airway during sleep. Peak Family Dentistry can take your digital impressions, send them to a lab, and provide you with a custom-crafted mouthpiece.
Some people with sleep apnea may need a more involved method of treatment to improve their condition. A CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, improves low oxygen levels by providing consistent air pressure through a machine, hose, and mask.
Though it's less comfortable and convenient than oral appliance therapy, those with more severe obstructive sleep apnea can benefit from using a CPAP machine as they sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy in Action
Did You Know?
Sleeping on your side is the smartest, safest position to rest in when you have sleep apnea.
CPAP Machines Can Regulate Your Breathing
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