Sleep apnea, common among men over the age of 40, is a serious disorder that can affect the way you live your life. Our team is going to give you basic information about this condition and how you can be prepared to treat it in the future.
Sleep apnea is often mistaken for a simple case of snoring, but actually is a sleeping disorder that disrupts a person’s breathing while asleep. If left untreated, many will experience stopped breathing, meaning oxygen isn’t getting to essential parts of the body.
There are two different types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. Obstructive apnea is more common and is caused by a blockage in the airway. Central apnea is less common because the airway isn’t blocked; instead the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that allow you to breath.
Some of the effects of sleep apnea, if left untreated can cause high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, heart failure/heart attacks, headaches and stroke.
Losing weight, avoiding sleeping pills and not sleeping on your back are common ways you can treat mild cases of sleep apnea right in the comfort of your own home.
Other options include surgery or using a dental device that is custom made to help keep the airway open while you sleep. These devices are made by your dentist who has special expertise in treating sleep apnea.
Let us take care of your sleep apnea today by giving us a call at 503-235-7181. Our dentist will work with you to create a dental device customized for you and your condition.