OSA - Sleep Apnea
OSA - Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea can rear its ugly head in a number of ways. There are three different types of sleep apnea.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) The most common type of Sleep Apnea, occurs when our throat will relax during sleep, narrowing the airway, which lowers the amount of oxygen to the blood.
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) This type of sleep apnea is less common, when sleeping the brain fails to send signals to the breathing muscles. Forcing you to wake up during the night with shortness of breath. Also will struggle to get back to sleep.
Sleep apnea is a prevalent issue affecting countless individuals on a nightly basis. And what’s most problematic about this condition is that when left untreated, the brain and body may not receive enough oxygen hundreds of times every night (just think about how this affects your health over the course of a lifetime!). Did you know that sleep apnea dentistry can permanently correct this condition?
At Integrative Dental, we’re dedicated to diagnosing and treating dental sleep apnea to ensure that patients don’t suffer from the disruptive symptoms and repercussions associated with the condition. Of course, all of our treatments are customized for each patient, guaranteeing that your individual needs and symptoms are handled appropriately.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep. There are two major types of events that characterize Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
These events include:
- Hypoxic Events – During Hypoxic Events, oxygen saturation drops by at least 4%. Often, those with OSA won’t notice Hypoxic Events, therefore making it more difficult to recognize the common symptoms of the condition.
- Apnic Events – Apnic Events are those in which individuals stop breathing altogether. Most often, those suffering from OSA only recognize the Apnic Events because they are more pronounced.
Sleep Apnea Dentistry Solutions
When left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the incidence of a host of health problems including high blood pressure, stroke, or even diabetes.
Of course, treatment for sleep apnea will vary depending upon the severity of the condition. However, most individuals can benefit from a removable dental appliance.
In other cases, a CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressures system, is required to maintain constant pressure in the airway and prevent a lapse in oxygen during sleep.
Contact Our Team to Discuss Your Options for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you suffer from sleep apnea and are seeking a solution, the team at James Bieneman, DDS can provide the guidance and personalized treatment that you require.
Contact our team at 303.797.0832 today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options or to set up your consultation with Dr. Bieneman to discuss your needs.
We look forward to working with you to determine the best treatment option for your unique condition!
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