Suspect sleep apnea? It’s a condition where your breathing stops during sleep, affecting over 12 million Americans. Symptoms include daytime drowsiness, loud snoring, and nighttime breathlessness.
Types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): It’s the most common type, caused by soft tissue blockage in the throat during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): Less common, CSA occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles responsible for breathing.
Mixed/Complex Sleep Apnea: Some individuals experience a combination of OSA and CSA.
Age, gender (more common in males), obesity, smoking, alcohol use, sedatives, and family history can increase the risk of sleep apnea.
Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea:
Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, daytime dysfunction, and an increased risk of accidents, especially when driving or operating heavy machinery.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss and avoiding smoking and alcohol.
Oral devices can be used to reposition the mouth and prevent throat blockages during sleep.
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
If you suspect sleep apnea in yourself or a family member, contact our practice. We can refer you to a sleep specialist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. This may include custom oral devices to improve your sleep quality.