Most people seek out sleep apnea treatment because snoring is a problem. And, usually, it is their partner that complains the loudest. Sure, snoring is a problem but the health issue of sleep apnea is a much larger and more important. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and it contributes to major health issues such as depression, diabetes and hypertension.
When someone with sleep apnea sleeps, their airway becomes blocked leading to stressful sleep and a loss of oxygen. As a neuromuscular dentist, I can treat a patient to help open the airway during sleep. The process begins with understanding the patient’s type of sleep apnea.
There are three kinds of sleep apnea, obstructive, central and mixed. In obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissue in the throat collapses during sleep. This blocks the airway. Central sleep apnea is about the involuntary breathing signals sent out by the brain. With central sleep apnea, muscles don’t get the message from the brain to breath, causing erratic breathing and an apnea condition. And, it‘s easy to add up that mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Following diagnosis, we are able to determine the best treatments. Each case is different so treatment varies but when a patient receives treatment from me, we create a non-invasive orthotic specifically designed to maintain an open airway. This convenient and easy to use treatment is greatly preferred by patients whose only other option is a bulky CPAP machine.
If you snore or you know someone who snores, it is likely it is affecting their health. Please contact us at 785-246-6300 for more information on how to address the health problem of sleep apnea that is behind that loud snoring.