Most people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it! The condition makes your breathing stop and start while you sleep. It can lead to other disruptive – and potentially serious – health problems. Research links sleep apnea to heart problems, diabetes, digestive issues, and more. How do you know if you have it? How is it treated?
Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are two main kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common type and affects around 2-9% of US adults. The obstruction happens when the soft tissue at the back of your throat restricts your airway. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain can’t properly communicate with the muscles in charge of your breathing. Your breathing becomes slower and shallower. In some cases, a person might have both types of sleep apnea! Symptoms of all types include:
- Waking up gasping for air or feeling like you’re choking
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day
- Having trouble focusing
- Memory issues
- Loud snoring
Who Can Get Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, but certain factors increase your risk. Being overweight, smoking, being older, and being male are all associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea. People with a family history are also more likely to develop sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated at Lybrook Dental Center?
We treat obstructive sleep apnea at our office using custom-made oral appliances. These shift the position of your jaw, opening up your airway, and allowing you to breathe easy again. If you’re struggling with any of the symptoms listed above, you might have sleep apnea. During a consultation, we can diagnose your condition and then recommend the best course of treatment. That could include a custom-made device as well as lifestyle changes. Please contact our office in Fruita to set up an appointment!