Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Some of the more obvious signs of sleep apnea include loud and/or frequent snoring, gasps for breath, and long pauses in a typical breathing pattern.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
You may be at risk for sleep apnea if you are and/or have:
- Over 40 years old
- Large neck
- Large tongue or tonsils
- Small jawbone
There are two types of sleep apnea. The first, obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, is the more common form of apnea and is caused by airway blockages. This blockage usually occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while sleeping. OSA can be effectively treated by Dr. Douglas Hauck and other professional dentists. The second type is central sleep apnea, which occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe because of instability in the respiratory control center. Central sleep apnea should be treated by a physician or medical specialist.
Reasons for Treating Sleep Apnea
When left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to many serious health disorders. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
What Does Sleep Apnea Treatment Involve?
There are several treatments available to those with sleep apnea, including the CPAP and CPAP alternatives. Most of these appliances are used at night and many are convenient and discreet. Dr. Douglas Hauck may also recommend corrective jaw surgery and/or behavioral changes. After a consultation with our dentist, you will discuss your treatment options.
For more information regarding treatment for sleep apnea in Newport Beach, California, please call or visit Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today. Together we can help you achieve a good night’s rest and a healthy life.