Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The american dental association is a member of the american dental association.What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the more common of the two forms of apnea. It is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep and occurs more commonly in overweight people.
  • Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome: This is also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

If you think you might have any form of sleep apnea, call to schedule an appointment with Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Treatment can ease your symptoms and may help prevent heart problems and other complications.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The usual suspects may be experiencing the following signs:

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