What is Sleep Apnea?
Millions of people each year are diagnosed with sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is characterized by episodes of shallow breathing or pauses in breathing while sleeping. The disruption of breathing can interrupt sleep patterns, resulting in poor quality sleep and is a risk to the patient’s health. Our team at Marietta Sleep can treat certain types of sleep apnea with our non-intrusive oral appliance therapy.
There are two main types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea is a rare neurological disorder where the signals from the brain are disrupted, causing periods of stopped breathing during the sleep. This is a very dangerous condition that can be fatal and needs medical treatment.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this sleep disorder. Patients with this condition have soft tissue that blocks the airway during sleep. Enlarged tonsils, excess oral tissue, larger tongues, jaw alignment and fat accumulation may all be factors in causing sleep apnea. Those with OSA will often snore or gasp during sleep due to the airway obstructions, diminishing their sleep quality and impacting their overall health.
Health Risks of Sleep Apnea
Those with sleep apnea may experience fatigue, morning headaches and mental fog regularly due to the interruption of their sleep patterns and breathing. Long-term health risks are more concerning. The sleep deprivation and oxygen interruptions can put those with sleep apnea at higher risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, depression and many other health conditions.
If you live in Marietta, East Cobb, Kennesaw, Roswell or the surrounding areas and have had symptoms of sleep apnea or already were diagnosed with this condition, do not delay in finding treatment. Our team at Marietta Sleep can help you explore your options to improve your sleep quality and overall health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We accept many forms of dental and health insurance at our clinic.