Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that often stays unnoticed in most cases. It is characterized by brief pauses in the breathing pattern of an individual and the inability to inhale air while asleep. Getting sleep apnea diagnosed in the early stages is crucial in preventing more complicated symptoms in the later stages.
What are the Types of Sleep Apnea?
OSA: OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common form of sleep disorder. It is characterized by the inability to breathe while asleep due to the collapse of the tissues of the throat, which block the airway partially or entirely.
CSA: CSA or Central Sleep Apnea is caused due to the malfunction of the brain while signaling the lungs to inhale in time. This results in a lack of sufficient supply of oxygen to the body.
MSA: MSA or Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of both OSA and CSA.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
- Brief and frequent pauses in the breathing pattern while sleeping
- Sore Throat
- Loud Snoring
- Lack of sound sleep and inability to explore the deeper stages of sleep
- Dozing off during daytime
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Reduced sex drive
How Can Sleep Apnea be Treated?
Making changes to one’s everyday routine can provide relief for sleep apnea to a certain extent. It is advisable for patients to reduce the consumption of foods with a lot of saturated fats, beverages, alcohol, etc. Exercising regularly, eating healthy, and reducing one’s weight will help in better breathing. Practicing simpler sleeping positions and having lighter meals for dinner also reduce the chances of sleep apnea.
Getting professional treatment for sleep apnea would be necessary in case it is severe. When you visit us for the initial consultation, we will understand the condition’s severity and suggest suitable treatment. It may include a thorough sleep test and the use of certain appliances to counter it.
MAD: MAD or Mandibular Advancement Device is a customized oral appliance that is placed in the mouth by the dentist. It brings the lower jaw forward and expands the opening to the airway. Further, it holds the roof of the throat stable and keeps it from collapsing.
CPAP: CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is an advanced means of treating sleep apnea. It includes a pressurized supply of oxygen which is connected to a mask that has to be placed on the mouth and nose before going to bed. It maintains a continuous positive pressure in the airway, allowing it to stay open at all times. It also supplies the lungs with the required oxygen while you sleep.
Please reach out to Table Mountain Dental in Arvada, CO, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (720) 749-2711 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.