Our Riverwalk Dental Group in Jupiter, FL Discusses Sleep Apnea Treatment FAQs
Sleep apnea is a condition that many people have but don't realize they have because its main symptoms occur only when a person tries to sleep. Riverwalk Dental Group, with locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Stuart in Florida may have the treatment that will help make you sleep better.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when something happens to make you stop breathing while you are sleeping. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway that allows you to breathe becomes obstructed. There is another type, called central sleep apnea, in which a neurological cause stops your muscles from completing the breathing motion. Once you start to feel the lack of oxygen, you wake up slightly so you can shift and start breathing again. The result is an incredibly restless night and very poor sleep quality.
Symptoms include feeling exhausted during the day, increased irritability, unexplained headaches, increased blood pressure, and possibly increased weight and blood glucose levels.
What Are the Causes of Sleep Apnea?
In central sleep apnea, the cause is in your brain. In obstructive sleep apnea, the cause can range from a strange neck position to extra weight closing off the airway, to your soft palate or uvula sagging down into your throat and shutting off airflow.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Treatment is based on cause. If extra weight is causing the airway to collapse, for example, losing weight can help. Otherwise, the typical first-line treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), in which you wear a mask connected to a powered tank that forces air through the airway. But that treatment is uncomfortable for some, and oral appliances can work for many.
What Can I Do to Stop Sleep Apnea?
You need to identify the cause so you know which treatment will work best. A sleep test is essential, as is an oral checkup. Once you find a treatment, such as an oral appliance, that seems to work, you must stick with it. Unless your apnea is caused by something transitory, like extra weight that you're currently losing, the apnea won't be "cured," just alleviated by the treatment.
A Dentist Can Help Contact Riverwalk Dental Group in Jupiter, FL
If you think you might have apnea, contact Riverwalk Dental and arrange to see an orthodontist or periodontist about an oral appliance. Call us at (561) 364-8700 (Boynton Beach), (561) 744-3646 (Jupiter), or (772) 252-1058 (Stuart) for an appointment.