Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. This condition causes a patient to start and stop breathing at a rapid pace while asleep. This occurs when your muscles relax and block the airway during sleep. One noticeable sign of the disease is snoring.
Sleep apnea is a disease common to people. Most of the people that have such the condition are often overweight.
Man is usually the ones diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea compared to women. This disorder can happen anytime and the risk will increase as you age. If any of your family members is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, then it’s likely that you have one as well.
People with small nasal airways are at risk of this condition. The small airways are due to the shape of the structure, the allergy or the condition that leads to this type of congestion.
Children could have tonsils with enlarged tissues in their throats. Enlarged tonsils can increase the risk of children having sleep apnea. Overweight children also have a high risk of developing such a condition.
About 50% of the people that have sleep apnea also have high blood pressure. Sleep apnea is also linked to metabolic syndrome, smoking, diabetes and it adds to the risk of a person getting stroke and heart failure.
Most common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Breathing is interrupted (sleep apnea episodes)
- Sleep restlessness
- Getting drowsy during the day
- Mood swings
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Dry mouth
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Sleep Apnea – Home Sleep Study
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or someone you know has one, you need to schedule for an appointment to your dentist.. This helps in addressing your concerns and identify if the symptoms are of sleep apnea. If it is, then you are suffering from the condition. Then, have your dentist prescribe a home sleep study. During the home sleep study, you will administer the study on your own. Once you’ve submitted the study and the results are produced, your dentist will identify give the best treatment for your needs.
Looking for a Sleep Apnea Dentist?
Our dental office can treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea especially if they are in Costa Mesa, CA. It is highly recommended for you to schedule for an appointment if you have obstructive sleep apnea so our dentists can treat it right away.