Do you wake up in the morning feeling as though you have a sore throat? Or are you exceptionally fatigued during the day? The chances are that you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is characterized by an interruption in breathing while you are sleeping.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in the U.S. Nearly 9% of the adults in America have sleep apnea, although many cases haven’t been diagnosed yet. This is because you might experience the symptoms during your sleep and not notice them.
Sleep apnea is also linked with other health issues such as heart disease and diabetes, hence why you need to seek sleep apnea treatment at Rifle Dental Care if you suspect that you have this sleep disorder.
In layman’s terms, sleep apnea is characterized by abnormal breathing during sleep. People suffering from this disorder experience several extended pauses during their sleep. You might stop breathing close to a hundred times in one night.
These breathing lapses lower the quality of your sleep and affect your body’s and brain’s supply of oxygen. This can lead to severe health consequences.
Then, when the airways open up during sleep, you might take a deep breath, snort, or wake up with a sensation of choking, smothering, or gasping.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea can affect both children and adults. It also cuts across gender, but it is more prevalent in men.
Factors that increase the risk of getting obstructive sleep apnea include:
For central sleep apnea, some of the risk factors include:
All three sleep apnea symptoms have the same symptoms, such as:
Always bear in mind that you might not be aware of the breathing interruptions while you are asleep. The only way you can be certain is if you have a bed mate or family member who can notice the interruptions. The only symptoms you might be aware of can be the morning sore throat or dry mouth and daytime fatigue.
The cause and level of sleep apnea will determine the method of treatment. The purpose of treatment is to help you breathe normally during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea treatment may include:
With mild sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend the following home remedies:
Other than the home remedies, our dentist may employ the use of the following oral appliances:
Sleep apnea has far-reaching effects on your emotional, physical, and psychological effects than you might know. This is why you need to contact our dentist if you suspect that you have sleep apnea.