Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can easily go undetected or be misdiagnosed. However, our Waco, TX dental office is aware of the severity of the condition and is here to help screen for and treat sleep apnea. By coordinating care with local sleep medicine specialists, our team at Today’s Family Dental is here to help patients achieve a better night’s rest with effective treatments.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when individuals stop breathing as they sleep due to obstruction in the airway. Often caused by the relaxation of tissue into the airway, this obstruction prevents air from reaching the lungs. As a result, patients stop breathing anywhere from several seconds to a couple minutes. When this happens, patients with sleep apnea usually make choking sounds or suffer from loud snoring when trying to breathe.
When suffering from a sleep apnea episode, individuals with the sleep disorder are unable to breathe and thus, cause the body and brain to become deprived of oxygen. In an effort to kickstart their breathing, the brain will rouse the individual – in warning that they need oxygen.
This constant battle of sleeping and waking can quickly impact a person’s ability to sleep and get a full night’s rest. Depending on the severity of the condition, which can vary from mild to severe, a person may be forced to wake up 5 to 50 times an hour.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): OSA is the mildest form of the condition and the most common. OSA occurs when the throat muscles relax, obstructing the airflow and causing the individual to struggle to breathe.
Central sleep apnea (CSA): Although not as common as OSA, CSA is considered a serious condition due to the fact that it affects the lower brainstem. Unfortunately, central sleep apnea affects more than a person’s sleeping pattern.
Complex sleep apnea: is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. However, this type of sleep apnea is also known as a treatment-emergent central sleep apnea.
Part of the danger of sleep apnea is that the condition doesn’t just affect a patient’s sleep. When left untreated, sleep apnea can quickly take a toll on other aspects of a patient’s life. Sleep apnea has been associated with other serious illnesses that include; congestive heart failure, kidney failure, hypothyroid disease, neurological diseases, and even damage to the brainstem.
Find Out More Today!
If you’d like more information in regards to sleep apnea and treatment options, contact our office in Waco, TX to schedule a consultation. Getting treated for sleep apnea will not only help you sleep throughout the night, it’ll also make you healthier, and improve your chances of a longer life. Don’t neglect getting treatment any longer! Here at Today’s Family Dental, our priority is your health. Call us today to get started!