People suffering with sleep apnea partially awaken in their effort breathe, often resulting in loud snoring or a choking sensation. But at San Bruno, CA Sleep Apnea Dentistry we often see patients where the condition remained undiagnosed because people with sleep apnea don’t always awaken completely during the episodes.
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send important signals to the breathing muscles
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the body is trying to breathe, but air flow through the nose or mouth is obstructed. This is the more prevalent form of sleep apnea and is treatable by a qualified dentist.
The fact that someone suffering from sleep apnea stops breathing several times per hour can quickly turn into a deadly situation. If sleep apnea is suspected it is very important to seek medical attention. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the patient’s throat collapses into the airway. The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs.
Our San Bruno, California Sleep Cure Apnea Treatment dentist will conduct tests to diagnose the problem and determine the proper treatment. Depending on the diagnosis, we can offer various treatment options, and the choice depends on the exact diagnosis and the health of the patient. The dentist will determine the patient’s lifestyle and may advise the patient to curtail habits that aggravate sleep apnea such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and tranquilizer use.
Traditionally, sleeping masks were used to ensure that a patient’s airways were open while they slept. Fortunately, modern treatments provide less intrusive options. The use of dental devices to promote forward movement of the lower jaw is very effective as they prevent the tongue from blocking the main air passage. The devices provided are gentle and easy to wear. In a best-case scenario they help patients avoid unwanted surgeries.
If you suspect you’re suffering from sleep apnea, contact your dental professional immediately. A dentist with training in treating sleep apnea can make a determination as to the best course of action for your situation.