Taking Back Your Sleep
Getting a good night of sleep can make all the difference in your day, and sleep apnea can interfere with that. Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when your breathing stops and restarts many times while you sleep.
This interruption of sleep can result in your body not getting enough oxygen and cause symptoms such as snoring or gasping during your sleep. Sleep apnea not only causes poor-quality sleep and fatigue throughout the day, but it can also affect your oral hygiene, leading to tooth decay and other issues.
Our team at Genesis Dental wants to help you understand and manage sleep apnea. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.Book Appointment
Sleep Apnea & Your Teeth
While some of the common symptoms of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring or gasping for air during sleep, are well known, the condition can also affect your teeth and dental hygiene.
When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause issues such as periodontal disease and increase the risk of developing cavities due to breathing interruptions. Quality sleep can also help manage issues like bad breath.
Diagnosis Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing sleep apnea typically starts with a sleep study. A sleep study can help your doctor monitor your lifestyle and prepare a personalized treatment plan that can help your sleep apnea issues.
A sleep study is a diagnostic test that involves recording multiple systems in your body while you sleep. This test can help diagnose many sleep-related conditions, including sleep apnea.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can affect your quality of life, and we want to help you understand the different types. There are 2 kinds of sleep apnea, each with different characteristics and causes. It’s also possible to live with a combination of both types.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when your upper airway becomes blocked while you sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow.
Risk factors such as obesity, large tonsils, or hormone changes can contribute to the development of obstructive sleep apnea. OSA can become more common with age, and symptoms can include:
- Snoring or gasping during sleep
- Waking up feeling panicked
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea (CSA) also affects your breathing at night while you sleep, but it isn’t caused by upper airway obstruction— the cause is neurological. CSA occurs when your brain does not send the signals needed to breathe.
While some people may have no symptoms, they can include:
- Waking up in a panic and short of breath
- Daytime sleepiness and trouble concentrating
CSA is a serious condition and must be managed as soon as possible.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Common signs and symptoms of complex sleep apnea syndrome include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Headaches or dry mouth
- Constantly waking up from sleep
Your Comfort Is a Priority
Sleep apnea can affect your quality of life and also be a risk factor for other serious conditions. We strive to help you understand and overcome sleep apnea. Your sleep is precious and should be protected!
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about sleep apnea and how to manage it.Book Appointment
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