What is sleep apnea disorder?
Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleeping disorder that causes frequent interruptions in breathing while you sleep. A person with sleep apnea can stop breathing several dozens or even several hundreds of times a night, and sleep apnea episodes can last anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds long. Often, an individual may not realize that they have symptoms of sleep apnea disorder, so if you notice a family member or loved one showing any of the following symptoms, it is important to contact a medical professional immediately:
Day Time Symptoms
- Daytime fatigue & irritability
- Morning headaches
- Trouble concentrating
- Decreased productivity
- Slow reflexes
- Sore throat
- High blood pressure
Night Time Symptoms
- Loud & chronic snoring
- Awakening throughout the night gasping for breath
If you are experiencing any or several of these problems, our team recommends immediately consulting a professional. Sleep apnea can lead to serious complications, like weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart conditions, and liver disease.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, And Complex Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often causing one to snore loudly and gasp for breath throughout the night.
Central Sleep Apnea is a much less common form of sleep apnea. Central Sleep Apnea occurs when one’s brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing while asleep. Individuals with Central Sleep Apnea typically do not snore.
Complex Sleep Apnea is a combination of both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea, and is much less common to occur.
How can I treat sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a sleep specialist, but our skilled dentists at Culebra North Dental Care can offer a solution for you. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Quillian may recommend the use of an oral appliance. Sleep apnea is caused when something obstructs your airway after you fall asleep. Often, this obstruction is caused when your tongue or the muscles in the back of your throat relax. The device our team offers prevents these obstructions from occurring. Our team at Culebra North Dental Care can help you to control your snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, get you back to a normal sleep schedule, and help you feel more alert and refreshed during the day. If you have any questions about treatments for sleep apnea in San Antonio, Texas, please feel free to contact us today.