An Overview of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a treatable medical condition that affects the way you breathe while you are sleeping. It is a very common condition, but often goes undiagnosed. Sleep apnea can lead to intense sleep deprivation, and if left untreated, can contribute to serious medical conditions such as diabetes, elevated blood pressure, stroke, cardiac disease, and weight gain. One of the treatments for sleep apnea is a dental device that you can get from your dentist in Alpharetta. Here is some more information on the symptoms and treatment of sleep apnea.

Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. With this condition, the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes while you’re sleeping and obstructs your airway, resulting in loud snoring, difficulty breathing, and interrupted sleep. Central sleep apnea is less common, and occurs when your brain doesn’t signal the muscles that control your breathing while you sleep, causing breathing to stop during the night. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The predominant symptoms of sleep apnea are pauses in between your snores, during which you choke or gasp. Sleep apnea also results in intense fatigue, as your sleep is continually interrupted throughout the night; these interruptions often occur without you even realizing it. Other symptoms include headaches, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, irritability, depression, mood swings, and a dry mouth or sore throat upon waking in the morning.

sleep apnea | AlpharettaTreatment Options for Sleep Apnea
If you have severe sleep apnea that can’t be treated by home remedies or lifestyle changes, your doctor or dentist may recommend a medical treatment option. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a device called a continuous positive airflow pressure machine. This device is a mask worn while sleeping that provides a constant flow of air that keeps your breathing passages open. However, this isn’t the only treatment option. Your dentist may recommend a less cumbersome dental device to treat your sleep apnea. Dental devices, such as mandibular repositioning devices or tongue retaining devices, can open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward while you sleep.

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