What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing becomes interrupted during sleep. This is dangerous because it prohibits both the brain and the body from getting enough oxygen. Specific sleep apnea causes can vary, though they generally involve the collapse of soft tissue in the airway during sleep.
Causes and Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes involve the blockage of air ways during sleep. This happens when your muscles relax during sleep, narrowing your throat. Central sleep apnea causes are different and involve instability in your brain’s respiratory control center.
Sleep apnea causes the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Awakening with a headache or sore throat
- Extreme drowsiness during the daytime
What are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?
Patients in need of sleep apnea dentistry in Centennial, CO should contact Dr. Steven Olsen for more information. Sleep apnea causes both the brain and the body to become deprived of oxygen. For this reason it is considered a serious medical condition. When left untreated, sleep apnea causes high blood pressure which can lead to an increased risk of stroke or heart failure. Sleep apnea may also cause complications with surgery.
You should seek treatment if your sleep apnea causes you to snore loud enough to wake your partner or if you wake up constantly due to shortness of breath. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of your case. Basic treatment may include behavior changes such as losing weight or stopping smoking. Moderately severe cases of sleep apnea may require the use of oral devices to prevent throat blockage. The most severe cases of sleep apnea can require corrective surgery.
Dr. Steven C. Olsen, located in Centennial, CO, is a Dentist who services patients from Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Aurora, CO. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!