What is Sleep Apnea
Over 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious yet common sleeping disorder in which you stop breathing during sleep. At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several treatments to reduce the symptoms of the disorder.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea that is treated at Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. This occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax, narrowing or closing off your airways entirely. When the oxygen in the blood becomes depleted, the brain sends the signal for you to wake up so that you can open up your airways again. The sudden awakening is often accompanied by snorting, gasping, and choking sounds. This pattern can repeat itself hundreds of time during the night. People who suffer from sleep apnea are unable to get deep restorative sleep.
Complications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can result in several complications for your overall health:
Risk Factors of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Several risk factors can increase the chance of obstructive sleep apnea. People who are obese or have thicker necks may be more susceptible to sleep apnea as fat deposits or narrower airways can prevent proper breathing.
Sedatives, alcohol, and tranquilizers also relax your muscles and may lead to sleep apnea. People who smoke are three times more likely to develop sleep apnea than people who don’t.
As with many conditions, age, genetics, and family history also plays a role in developing sleep apnea.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay can treat your sleep apnea in several ways. These could include making some lifestyle changes, using breathing devices, and using oral appliances or implants. In very severe cases, surgery may also be recommended. Talk to us by calling us (425) 738-8476 today.