What is Sleep Apnea?
When you have sleep apnea, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. Sleep apnea can impair your sleep quality and prevent you from reaching those valuable deeper stages of your sleep cycle. Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages.
There are three different types of sleep apnea:
- Central Sleep Apnea: Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t communicate properly with the muscles that control your breathing.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: With obstructive sleep apnea, your throat muscles, such as your soft palate and tongue, temporarily relax, closing or narrowing your airway and impairing your breathing. When you don’t get sufficient air supply, it can decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood, and your brain wakes you from your sleep to jolt you into opening your airway. This sleep disturbance can take place anywhere from five to 30 times an hour or more. Many people have no recollection of the many sleep disturbances that occur throughout the night.
- Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: When you have central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea, it’s called complex sleep apnea syndrome.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
The cause of sleep apnea isn’t always apparent, but there are some risk factors, such as:
- A narrowed airway
- Alcohol and sedatives
- Nasal congestion and allergies
Sleep apnea is more prevalent in men than in women.
What are the Treatments for Sleep Apnea?
Aesthetic Dental Centers provides snore guards as an affordable and effective solution for sleep apnea.
There are different types of oral appliances. Most fit into your mouth like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.
How Do Snore Guards Work?
Snore guards support your jaw in a forward position and help you to maintain an open upper airway. Oral appliance therapy is a great way to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and must be properly administered by a dental professional.
Dentists can work closely alongside physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea. During your visit to the Aesthetic Dental Centers, you undergo a complete clinical evaluation involving a thorough examination of your tongue, jaw, teeth, airway, and any necessary X-rays.
Your Aesthetic Dental professional customizes oral appliances using digital or physical models and impressions of your teeth. The models are sent to a dental lab where your appliance is constructed. You return to the dental office for your fitting and will also need to schedule follow-up visits to evaluate how well your oral appliance therapy is working.
Don’t just suffer from sleep apnea, call Aesthetic Dental Centers or book online today.