Everything You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Everything You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Posted by Colorado Wellness Dentistry on Aug 16 2021, 08:00 AM

Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disease in which breathing stops and starts at short intervals throughout the night. A person who snores loudly while sleeping or feels tired after getting a full night's sleep could be experiencing sleep apnea. 

A person can experience three different types of sleep apnea.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea- It is a common form of sleep apnea that occurs when throat muscles relax.
  • Central Sleep Apnea-It happens when the brain is unable to send signals precisely to the breath-controlling muscles.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome-It is also known as Treatment-Emergent Central Sleep Apnea in which a person experiences both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

A person having sleep apnea could exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Occasions when breathing stops during sleep
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling choked while sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty in paying attention when awake
  • Hypersomnia

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances are one of the ways to treat Sleep Apnea. The appliances are customized by the dentist and are placed in the mouth during sleep. It prevents oropharyngeal tissue and the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the upper airway.

The devices used to treat Sleep Apnea are mandibular advancement devices, upper airway devices, and tongue-retaining devices.

Benefits of  Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

These appliances provide therapeutic benefits.

  • It repositions and stabilizes the mandible, tongue, hyoid bone, and soft palate in a forward direction.
  • It is a simpler form of treatment for patients suffering from sleep apnea. It helps in maximum control of sleep apnea.

Dental Considerations for Sleep Apnea

  • People suffering from sleep apnea should consult their dentist. To cure the disorder, the dentist will suggest treatments that will include an oral examination, oral anatomy evaluation, and providing oral appliances therapy. 
  • The dentist will also look into your health history by conducting questionnaires. During the evaluation of the patient's oral cavity, the dentist tries to identify oral,  craniofacial abilities, or other anatomical factors.
  • The oral cavity features include a large tongue, recursive jaw, or enlarged tonsils. They will also examine the instructions in the airways according to the Mallampati scale, neck circumference, and severe overjet.
  • It is advisable to visit your dentist regularly for the assessment of dental or periodontal conditions. Moreover, it is also significant to fabricate or maintain fitted oral appliances to use them safely over time. Thus, if you encounter any of the problems, consult your dentist as soon as possible.

Colorado Wellness Dentistry offers expert dental care services including sleep apnea treatments in Centennial, CO. For more information and appointments call Dentist in Centennial, CO at (303) 798-1068, book online, and visit us at 9085 E Mineral Cir #220, Centennial, CO 80112.

 

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