Did you know that sleep apnea often causes snoring, but conversely, snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea? Due to its difficulty being diagnosed as we often fail to consciously wake up when it affects us, sleep apnea can go untreated for years. Getting checked for sleep apnea is important though because it can cause a variety of health issues including irregular heartbeats, stroke, and even heart attacks.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? If so, here are some treatment methods:
– Your sleeping traditions could be a contributing factor to your sleep apnea. The direction in which you sleep and how much you toss and turn at nights could affect, cause, or contribute to the sleep disorder.
– If you have sleep apnea, there are services that can open your airway, including a CPAP, also called a continuous positive air pressure device, which can open airways through your nasal passages.
– There are oral health care treatments for sleep apnea that can keep your airway open as you sleep.
– There are surgical treatments which can be used to prevent sleep apnea from occurring.
There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, which is produced by a blockage in the airway, and central sleep apnea, which is caused by failed signals from your brain to your breathing muscles. If you are in need of a treatment for sleep apnea, our Denver Restorative Dentistry team in Broomfield, Colorado can help.
To schedule a visit with our prosthodontists, Dr. Goggins or Dr. Esguerra, please call 303-427-4120 today to schedule a consultation. We are pleased to provide dental sleep therapy to help you get the sleep you deserve!