Everyone deserves a good night’s rest to face every new day positively and full of energy. Getting enough rest can keep you going throughout the day while not getting enough sleep can cause you feel irritable, sleepy, and easily tired. Some people experience sleep disorder which can cause them to repeatedly wake up in the middle of sleep at multiple times. Rye Dental Associates understands the importance of getting the right amount of sleep for your overall health as well as stop sleep apnea that can negatively affect your dental health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by multiple pauses in breathing during sleep that can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and can repeatedly occur up to 100 times per hour. Depending on the type of Sleep apnea the patient has, it might be accompanied by snoring, and snorting sounds are due to the soft tissues that block the airway when breathing.
There are Three Types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of apnea which is associated with loud snoring. It occurs when the airway is blocked caused by the soft-tissues collapsing at the back of the throat. The disruption of oxygen can cause the reduction of blood flow to the brain; this gives the signal to the body to partially awaken and breath. Since oxygen is essential for the proper functioning of the brain, repeated disruptions can cause several health complications.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is the other form of apnea that can cause pauses in breathing repeatedly. It is caused by the brain which fails to send a signal to the muscle that controls breathing. Snoring is not usually associated to this form of apnea since compared to OSA you cannot breathe due to the blocking of the airway, but with CSA you stop breathing entirely for a few seconds to a few minutes.
Mixed / Complex Sleep Apnea as its name implies this is the form of sleep apnea that is characterized by both OSA and CSA symptoms. You can experience breathing pauses due to a blocked airway and when the brain fails to send a signal to the muscle the controls breathing.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
- Wearing a Dental Appliance can help in holding the tongue in place while sleeping and also positioning the jaw forward to ensure continuous breathing while sleeping. There are also some breathing apparatus available that can help the patient maintain steady and free breathing while sleeping without any events of apnea occurring.
- Watching your weight can also help to treat sleep apnea, in some cases, some overweight people have thick necks and extra tissues in the mouth that may block that airway and cause Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Changing your sleeping position from lying on your back to sideways can help promote normal breathing while sleeping.
- Bad habits should be eliminated to help treat sleep apnea as well as avoid any possible problems that can affect your overall health. Alcohol is known to be a factor that can cause the muscles at the back of the mouth to relax while sleeping that can block the airway.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that can affect a person’s overall health if left untreated since it can cause several health complications that can worsen over time. Our dentists from Rye Dental Associates can help treat patients that are suffering this condition with a custom-made dental appliance that are proven to help people to have a restful sleep and preventing any adverse effects that Sleep Apnea can cause.
For more information about our Sleep Apnea Treatments in Rye, NY, be sure to contact us at Rye Dental Associates today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.