Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by shortness of breath during sleep. To prevent further complications, you should seek treatment early.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and stops while you are asleep. The potentially serious sleep disorder can be characterized by loud snoring even when taking a nap.
There are three types of sleep apnea, which includes:
Among the three types of sleep apneas, the obstructive one is the most common. The sleeping condition can cause conditions such as heart problems. Therefore, you should seek medical help if you suspect you have sleep apnea.
Some of the signs you have sleep apnea include:
Everybody can get sleep apnea. However, some risk factors increase your chances of getting sleep apnea. Below are some of the risk factors:
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to complications such as:
Your doctor can evaluate sleep apnea based on your symptoms and sleeping patterns. Since you might not be able to explain the symptoms, the doctor can ask your family member or roommate about your signs.
Alternatively, the doctor can confirm the signs of sleep apnea using equipment that monitors your heart rate, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, limb movements, and brain activity. The procedure is known as polysomnography and can be done in the doctor’s office or at home.
For severe cases of sleep apnea, your doctor can recommend therapies, and in some cases, surgery. Some of the therapies for treating sleep apnea include:Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPAP is a therapeutic option for treating sleep apnea that involves using a machine to deliver air pressure through a mask while you are asleep. With a CPAP, air pressure is greater than in the surrounding, thus keeping your airway open.Oral Appliances
Do you have moderate sleep apnea and feel uncomfortable using a CPAP? Your doctor can recommend oral appliances that resemble a mouthguard to help keep your airway open during sleep.
Some of the oral appliances raise your palate to open the airway, while others keep your tongue from moving to the back of the mouth during sleep.Supplemental Oxygen
If you have central sleep apnea, the doctor at Family Care Dentistry can recommend supplemental oxygen. The oxygen will help maintain your blood oxygen levels during apneas.
If you have mild sleep apnea, we recommend you make lifestyles that will reduce the effects of sleep apnea. Some of the home remedies for sleep apnea include: