Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which the patient stops breathing during the course of their sleep: sometimes for only seconds, sometimes for a minute or more. Sleep apnea can be hard to diagnose, but if you snore, frequently wake up with a dry mouth or throat, or feel tired even after getting a full night’s sleep, you might want to see a doctor.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two main types of sleep apnea.

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common types of sleep apnea. This occurs when the airway becomes blocked, usually due to soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsing over the airway as you sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea is a bit harder to treat. This is when signals from the brain to the lungs become interrupted, causing breathing to stop. It can be a symptom of serious medical issues such as stroke, brain tumors or infections, or heart failure.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

We have several different treatment options for sleep apnea here at Renken Dentistry. The first is to try shifting the patient’s sleeping habits, such as having them sleep on their side instead of on their back. If that doesn’t work, more serious measures are then taken.

One treatment method is oral appliance therapy, in which the patient wears a device similar to a mouthguard that keeps their jaw aligned as they sleep. Another method is to use a CPAP device, which keeps the airway open using air pressure. If none of these treatment options are successful, you may need to consider surgery.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and would like to discuss our treatment options, call our office in Crystal Falls, TX to book an appointment today!

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