Sleep Apnea

Because You Deserve a Good Nigh‍‍‍t's Sleep!

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

The main types of sleep apnea is

·         Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

·         Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

·         Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Working with a sleep study, your dentist can work with you to find a treatment for your specific case.  CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea in adults. Many people can also get more restful sleep with the use of a night guard!