Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that happens when your breathing suddenly stops and starts while in slumber. If left untreated, it may result in daytime tiredness, loud snoring, and severe health issues such as high blood pressure and heart trouble. This problem can affect any person, most commonly older men suffering from obesity. Sleep apnea can either be obstructive or central.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
The causes of sleep apnea may vary from person to person. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked while you are asleep. Several factors expose you to the risk of such blocking, including anatomical characteristics, obesity, use of sedatives, and alcohol.
Sleep apnea may also be the result of family history. According to a report, heavy smokers are at a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea than others. Other causes of sleep apnea include sleeping on your back, nasal congestion, and hormone abnormalities like acromegaly, hypothyroidism, etc.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
In many cases, a person suffering from sleep apnea may be unaware of their symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of this problem include loud snoring, fatigue, restlessness in sleep, difficulty concentrating, waking up several times in the night to urinate, headaches, heartburn, irritability, decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction.
The above-listed symptoms may also suggest any other health problem. Hence, we urge you to get in touch with our specialists on experiencing them to find out whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Managing Sleep Apnea
Mandibular Repositioning Device
Upon consultation with our specialist and diagnosis of sleep apnea, our dentist will use a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) called a SomnoMed to reposition your lower jaw into a protrusive position.
Such a repositioning of your jaw will eliminate snoring in most cases and will also reduce obstructive sleep apnea.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP therapy is also used to treat sleep apnea. This therapy keeps the airway open by providing a constant stream of positive pressure air via a mask. You can wear this mask and adjust it accordingly to feel comfortable while sleeping.
Apart from recommending different treatment options for your problem, our specialist may also urge you to make various lifestyle changes to treat the concern. These lifestyle modifications will help you normalize your breathing. You will be asked to follow a heart-healthy diet and develop healthy sleeping habits in the first place. Limit the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes and manage your weight to keep obesity at bay. Our specialist will also suggest sleeping on the side.
Please reach out to Rota Advanced Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO, 80923, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Rota. Please call us at (719) 598-1224 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.